SPEAX Seminar: On the Path Towards a Universal Welfare State in Korea During the Decade of Democratic Governments (1998-2008): an exceptional period for the Korean welfare state?'

Monday 27 January 2014, 4.30PM

Speaker(s): Professor Tae Soo Lee

Dr Antonios Roumpakis, PhD student Mi Yang Jun and SPEAX visiting fellow Professor Tae Soo Lee

From February 2013-February 2014 SPEAX had the pleasure of hosting Professor Tae Soo Lee from the Department of Social Welfare at Kkottongnae University in South Korea as the first formal visitor to SPEAX. Prof Lee was deeply involved in shaping the social policy agenda during President Kim's (1998-2002) & President Roh's (2003-2007) governments, working as a presidential committee member, an advisor to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the president of the Training Institute, and a representative of welfare state movement organizations including being Chair of the Social Welfare Committee of the PSPD (People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy) movement.

To mark the end of Professor Lee's period as a Visiting Fellow at York, SPEAX held a roundtable discussion with him during which we explored his thoughts on the impact of, and lessons to be drawn from, the Kim and Roh governments of 1998-2007. Professor Lee outlined his thoughts on the social policy successes and failures of the Kim and Roh governments, contemplated the lessons for the future of the Korean welfare state to be drawn from them and considered whether a strategy for the future of welfare can built from the experiences of these two progressive governments.

Location: AC/209, Alcuin C