13 December 20120
The ASEAN Economic Bulletin, volume 20, number, December 2012 is just published. This is a special edition on Sustainable and Just Social Protection in Southeast Asia with Aris Ananta as the editor. However, because of space limitation, this edition only includes five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.
This edition sees that poverty remains a continuing crisis in Southeast Asia, regardless of the timing and severity of the global economic crisis. Moreover, being poor and falling into poverty is often beyond an individual’s capacity to avoid. Who should help these individuals and how much help should be given — the individuals themselves, their families, their friends, their communities, and/or their governments? A just and financially sustainable social protection system is perhaps an answer to those questions.
The first paper serves as an introduction to the five country papers. It provides an analytical background for the country papers. It discusses what social protection is, reviews an analytical framework of a continuum pioneered by Esping-Anderson (1990), and attempts to locate where the five Southeast Asian countries are in the continuum.
The “Background” and “Concluding Remarks” of the first chapter can be opened here .
Here are the authors and titles of the five country papers:
Muliadi Widjaja. “Indonesia: In Search for a Placement-Support Social Protection”
Ragayah Haji Mat Zin. “Malaysia: Towards a Social Protection System in an Advanced Equitable Society”
Chew Soon Beng. “Employment-based Social Protection in Singapore: Issues and Prospects”
Yongyuth Chalamwong and Jidapa Meepien. “Poverty and Just Social Protection in Thailand”
Giang Thanh Long. “Delivering Social Protection to the Poor and Vulnerable Groups in Vietnam”
Any comment is welcome.