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Building a Welfare System through Bounded Learning: A Case Study of Korean Long-Term Care Insurance

Prof. Wonsub Kim (Department of Sociology, Korea University)

This study verifies three conditions in its aim to confirm the influence of Japan’s experience on the introduction timing and policy model of the Korean LTCI. First, the LTCI systems in Korea and Japan agree in terms of their core principles. Both are based on a separate social insurance system and ensure financial sustainability at the expense of service quality in response to the need to elevate expenditure. Second, the policymaking process reveals the reference relationship between the two systems. The advocacy coalition for LTCI suggested introducing an LTCI based on Japan’s experience. However, their rationale was constrained due to the bounded rationality of policy learning. Finally, this study demonstrates that the rival arguments cannot completely explain the introduction of the Korean LTCI without considering the bounded learning argument. Consequently, the results of this study indicate that policy learning is critical to welfare development in latecomer welfare states.

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Kim, Won Sub is professor of Sociology at the Korea University in South Korea. Born in South Korea he studied sociology at Korea University and Bremen University and received his PhD at Bielefeld University. His scientific work centres on theory of the welfare state, old age income security system and East Asian Welfare State. Before coming to Korea University, he taught at Bielefeld University in Germany and at Kyung-Sang National University in South Korea.He published books and articles, including “Institutionalisierung eines neuen Wohlfahrtsstaates in Ostasien? Eine Fallstudie über Südkorea“ in 2006(in Germany); „Improving the National Pension Scheme for the Active Ageing” in 2007(in Korean); “Die Entstehung neuer Wohlfahrtsstaaten und globale Policy Diffusion -das Beispiel Suedkorea“(Zeitschrift fuer Soziologie 37: 186-205) in 2008(in Germany), “Revisiting the Role of Bureaucrats in Pension Policy-making: The Case of South Korea,” in 2014 (Government and Opposition 49(2): 264-289, with Choi, Y.J.), “Emergence of New Welfare States in East Asia? Domestic Social Changes and the Impact of "Welfare Internationalism" in South Korea and Taiwan (1945–2012), in 2013 ( International Journal of Social Quality 3(2): 106-124, with Shi, Shih-Jiunn); " East Asian approaches of activation: the politics of labor market policies in South Korea and Taiwan” in 2020 (Policy and Society 39(2): 226-246, with hi, Shih-Jiunn), “The impact of government partisanship on social policy in a young democracy: The case of South Korea” in 2022 (Asian Politics & Policy 14(4): 469-489, with Yu, Jin-sook and Nam, Yucheol), and other articles.

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