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Macro-level Determinants and Consequences of Social Cohesion in Asia

Georgi Dragolov, Michael Koch, Mandi Larsen (2018)

Key facts

Journal/Publisher
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Type of publication
Book
Elements of social cohesion
Equality/Inequality
Geographical focus
South Asia
East Asia and Pacific
Main thematic areas
Concept & measurement

Summary

Social cohesion has become a key policy goal around the globe – not only in the Western Hemisphere, but also in Asia. Asia’s economic and political rise is part of far-reaching social transformation processes. In many places, these developments have been accompanied by tensions and conflicts, which have, in turn, challenged social cohesion and political stability. The question of how cohesion fares in a society is therefore becoming a pressing issue in Asia as well. Despite growing interest in the concept among policy makers and researchers, no generally shared understanding of social cohesion exists. Most importantly, empirical findings are lacking. For these reasons, the Bertelsmann Stiftung developed its Social Cohesion Radar, whose findings for the societies of South, Southeast, and East Asia have been collected in this volume.

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