The association between life satisfaction and various factors such as income, governance, social capital has gathered considerable attention in the research community over several decades, but the interaction effects between them have been neglected. In this study, we investigate the economic and social determinants of life satisfaction, particularly focusing on the interaction between governance and social capital. Prior to building a statistical model exploratory analysis is performed using smoothing spline techniques, which enables to reveal more flexible relationships between variables. To account for the repeated measurement study design, mixed effects models with interaction are adopted, and auto-regressive errors are assumed. According to the analysis results, the interaction between governance and social capital on life satisfaction is statistically significant, and such significance is valid only for high-income countries. This suggests that in order to effectively enhance life satisfaction government should improve not only governance but social capital.
Since the implementation of community care as a key policy agenda, tailoring services to older people’s needs has become an important issue in Korea. The purpose of the study is to explore whether the provision of services of the medical, public health, and social care has been adequate and, the services have been coordinated properly according to the needs of older people in terms of continuum of care. The study adopted literature review method and conducted a number of interviews. It is found that there are significant limitations to meet the needs of older people owing to the inadequate tailoring services to their needs and the lack of coordination of adequate services for them. Specifically, a proper medical delivery system has not been established at the local level to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Home visiting services are provided mainly to the poor by public health centers. and home nursing services have been insufficient and there has been a chronic shortage of nursing staff in the public health sector. The low-skilled services such as house chores have been provided mainly and the amounts of benefits are inadequate to meet the needs of older people at the social welfare sector. Moreover, the coordination of services between and among the medical, public health, and social care sectors has been limited owing to the profit-seeking behavior of service providers, the fragmented service delivery systems, and the lack of the coordinating role of governments.
In the Netherlands, there has been a shift away from a traditional welfare state towards a 'participation society.' This shift is evident in Duth social policy discourse and development, with an emphasis on individuals' self-reliance and responsibility in an inclusive society. This article offers an alternative approach for evaluating this shift: a capability approach to social policy. Taking a capability approach highlights two key critiques with the 'participation society': 1) it emphasizes paid work as the primary form of participation, thereby ignoring other valued and/or valuable forms of societal participation; and 2) not everyone is equally capable of participating in paid employment given varying individual circumstances, embedded in the broader societal context of the Netherlands.
[Public Hearing on the 2nd Basic Social Security Plans]Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Grand Conference Hall(10th Floor), Seoul Post TowerHosted by the Social Security CommitteeOrganized by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs Program13:30-14:00 Registration14:00-14:20 Opening Ceremony14:20-16:20 Presentations "General Introduction" by NO Dae Myung, Senior Research Fellow, KIHASA "Health Security" by KWON Soon Man, Professor, SNU School of Public Health "Social Services" by LEE Sun Woo, Professor of Social Welfare, Inje University "Income Security" by KOO IN Hoe, Professor of Social Welfare, Seoul National University "Employment and Education Security" by JEON Byeong Yoo, Professor, Hanshin University School of Social Innovation and Management "Social Security Finance" by CHOI Joon Wook, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Public Finance16:20-16:40 Coffee Break16:40-18:00 General Discussion
[The 1st Inclusive Welfare Forum: Search for Solutions for Korea's Income Inequality]Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.Bankers Club(16th Floor), Banker HallOrganized by the Research Group for Inclusive Growth of the National Research Council for Ecoomics, Humanities and Social Sciences; Hankyoreh Research Center for Economics and Society, and the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs