1st Edition

Social Protection as Development Policy Asian Perspectives

Edited By Sarah Cook, Naila Kabeer Copyright 2010
    396 Pages
    by Routledge India

    396 Pages
    by Routledge India

    The Asian crisis of the late 1990s severely affected some of the most successful economies in the region, placing the issue of social protection high on the regional and international agenda. Subsequently, growth rates revived, but the fruits of growth have not been evenly distributed and inequality has risen. Behind this trend lie deeply entrenched forms of poverty and social exclusion as well as new forms of vulnerability resulting from the liberalisation of markets and growing exposure to the global economy.

    This volume deals with issues of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion in the Asian context. The articles deal with different groups of vulnerable people, exploring some of the characteristics of vulnerability in different contexts, and reflecting on appropriate policy responses. Collectively, they emphasise a broad-based systemic approach to the problems of vulnerability and insecurity, where social protection needs to be ‘rescued’ from its dominant current conceptualisation as a response to risk and crisis, and instead be integrated into the mainstream of development policy.

    This book will interest scholars of economics, politics, development studies, development economics, sociology, social policy, and South Asian studies.

    Foreword 1. Introduction --Exclusions, Deficits and Trajectories: Rethinking Social Protection as Development Policy in the Asia Region Sarah Cook and Naila Kabeer Part 1. Social Protection in Transition Economies: Transformation, Restructuring and Coping in China and Vietnam2. Shock-induced Poverty in Urban China Meiyan Wang 3. Social Protection and the Economic Well-being of Families with Dependent Children in Urban China Zhang Xiulan and Xu Yuebin 4. Gender, Work and Security in Urban China: The Reconstruction of Identity as Laid-off Worker Sarah Cook and Susan Jolly 5. Social Protection and Market Reforms in Vietnam Robert L. Bach and Le Bach Duong 6. Social Security for Rural Migrant Workers in China: Current Coverage, Institutional Design and Policy Suggestions Zhu Dewen Wang, Yongtang Ma and Changyou Part 2. Chronic Poverty and Crisis in South and South-east Asia7. Reading the Signposts: Social Protection for Home-based Women Workers in South Asia Ratna M. Sudarshan 8. Approaching Basic and Economic Security for Informal Workers through National and Local Initiatives: Case Studies of Home-based Workers in South East Asia Donna L. Doane (for HomeNet South-East Asia) 9. Women’s Vulnerability, Risk and Social Protection: An Exploration of Links between Property Ownership and Domestic Violence in South Asia Nandita Bhatla , Nata Duvvury and Swati Chakraborty 10. Food Security at the Local Level: A Study in Contrast between Kerala and Orissa K.P. Kannan and N. Vijayamohanan Pillai 11. Targeting in Social Protection Programs: The Experience of Indonesia Asep Suryahadi, Wenefrida Widyanti, Daniel Suryadarma and Sudarno Sumarto 12. Crafting a Graduation Pathway for the Ultra Poor: Lessons and Evidence from a BRAC programme in Bangladesh Imran Matin, Munshi Sulaiman and Mehnaz Rabbani Index


    Sarah Cook is Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva and was formerly Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

    Naila Kabeer is Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.