Since the economic crisis of 1997, there have been significant social policy reforms in East Asia. Using the concept of the 'developmental welfare state' this book seeks to answer the question as to whether the welfare reforms in East Asia have extended social rights while maintaining its developmental credentials. Transforming the Developmental Welfare State in East Asia explains the way in which shifts in economic strategy have influenced social policy reform in East Asia. This book also analyses the political dynamics of social policy in which economic imperatives for social reform were transformed into social policy reform. It tries to answer to what extent the particular politics of the country, either democratic or authoritarian, determined the course of social policy reform.