2018 News

‘Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia’ now in paperback

The book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovation in Asia” – a valuable resource for students and scholars of Asian social policy – is now available in paperback.

This book offers macro- and micro-level analyses on asset-based social development and compares and contrasts national social policies across the Asia-Pacific region.

Center for Social Development (CSD) Director Michael Sherraden and CSD International Director Li Zou edited the book with Ben Hok-bun Ku of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Suo Deng and Sibin Wang of Peking University.

The book was first published in 2015 by Routledge and is available now in paperback on Amazon for $49.95.

“Asset-building policies and programs are in a period of emergence and testing around the world,” Sherraden notes in the book. “This is part of a larger pattern of strain and adaptation in social policy, as societies adjust to the transition from industrial era to information era.”

The book covers a wide variety of topics, including homeownership in East Asia, the social security system in Singapore, asset building policy diffusions in Korea and Taiwan, savings accounts for youth in Nepal and asset research in China.

The 2012 conference “Lifelong Asset Building: Strategies and Innovations in Asia” in Beijing spurred the book, which follows one published in Chinese in June 2014 titled “Asset Building: Strategies and Policies in Asia.” Peking University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Washington University organized the conference.