Call for Papers

To Participate in the conference

Asian Social Protection in Comparative Perspective

Organized by

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Conference date: January 7 (dinner)–9, 2009
Location: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Asia’s growing economic and geopolitical importance has led to increased interest in its social protection and social welfare programs. How do these diverse countries deal with aging, disability, drug and alcohol abuse, housing, income supports and welfare, health care coverage, old-age pensions, single mothers, social services, unemployment, and the working poor? Are there lessons in this experience for other parts of the world? Are there lessons Asia can learn from the experience of others? And, how can we encourage cross-national exchanges among researchers, academics, practitioners, and government officials?

In keeping with this interest, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in association with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold a conference to explore these and other topics in Singapore, January 7 (starting at dinner) through January 9

The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience. It will highlight scholarly—but policy-oriented—papers on these and similar topics. At the conference, the papers will be presented in topic-oriented panels with both Asian and non-Asian discussants. The conference will close with a panel on “Implications Beyond Asia.” Papers are solicited on all aspects of social protection in Asia. The analysis should cover specific types of programs, programs within particular Asian countries or across them, or be comparative in nature. Cross-national and comparative papers are encouraged. All proposals should be submitted online through the APPAM website with a deadline of 15 July 2008.

Program co-chairs:

Prof. M. Ramesh
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Social Policy in East and South East Asia: Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan (2004)
Welfare Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Social Security, Health and Education Policies (2000)

Prof. Douglas J. Besharov
School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Immediate Past President, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Chair, APPAM Committee on International Activity
Co-editor, Comparative policy analysis series, Oxford University Press

Program committee: is composed of twelve social policy experts from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States. For detailed information about the members on the committee, please click here.


15 Jul. 2008:  Deadline to submit proposals
8 Aug. 2008:  Proposal status notifications available
8 Sep. 2008:  Early registration begins
30 Oct. 2008:  Early registration ends, regular registration begins
15 Nov. 2008:  Papers due for distribution/Program available online
19 Dec. 2008:  Regular registration ends; all additional registrations must be made on-site
7 Jan. 2009:  Opening night conference dinner

Proposal submission is now closed. 

Registration is closed.

Persons in low-income countries: You may be eligible for a waiver of the registration fee. Instructions for applying for a waiver will be available when you complete the registration process.

Post-conference publication: Papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Oxford University Press Series on “Comparative Policy Analysis,” with information viewable about the series online at

Travel reservations and side trips: Protravel International, one of the country's leading travel management companies, is available to handle all your air reservations to and from the conference, as well as any additional journeys so that all your arrangements can be coordinated. Around the timing of the meetings in Singapore, Protravel is planning two side trips to Siem Reap/Angkor Wat (January 4-7, and January 10-13) and one side trip to Vietnam (January 10-18).

Hotel accommodations The Lee Kuan Yew School is coordinating hotel accommodations in Singapore for the conference.

Grants The Lee Kuan Yew School will be offering a limited number of grants covering the cost of travel, accommodation, and registration for participants living in Asia. Applications for the grants must be made through the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Contact information Please note that the contact form will route your email to staff at the Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore and it may require more than 24 hours for a reply. There also are other options on the contact form regarding the program and registration for the conference.