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Evaluation of Roh Moo-hyun government's child policy and future tasks of the next government

Chung, Ick-Joong 1

1이화여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Child welfare services have been first started in early 1950s but nowadays they still focused on needy children with special emphasis on residual services. However, these residual services might be the best in the past but they are not suitable for a megatrend reflecting a low birth rate, an aging population and knowledge-based economy. Performance and limitations of Roh Moo-hyun government's child policy are reviewed and future tasks of the next government are presented. Roh Moo-hyun government threw away the simple growth-or-welfare dichotomy and, instead, recognized child policy as the social investment that would heighten national competitiveness in the long term. Roh Moo-hyun government moved in the right direction but there was insufficient policy infrastructure for new implementation. Therefore, the next government needs a new design for integrated and universal child policy that should take into account national human resource development plan and its economic development policy. And it also needs efforts to integrate the consensus and social agreement in the process.

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