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Comparative analysis of civil society and state discourse on disabled people’s rights and welfare in South East Asia 2010-16

Chaney, Paul ORCID: 2017. Comparative analysis of civil society and state discourse on disabled people’s rights and welfare in South East Asia 2010-16. Asian Studies Review 41 (3) , pp. 405-423. 10.1080/10357823.2017.1336612

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Over the next quarter century it is likely that South East Asian countries will experience high levels of growth in the number of disabled people. It is therefore significant that over the past decade, the region’s governments have at last ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons (CRPD). At this critical juncture, and in the face of ongoing human rights issues in several territories, this study presents comparative analysis of state and civil society organisations’ (CSOs) discourse on CRDP implementation. The findings show that whilst governments have espoused a participatory approach to fulfilling their CRPD obligations, contemporary practice falls short. Disabled people currently experience barriers to shaping policy and accessing social welfare. There is a ‘disconnect’ between state and civil spheres that hampers effective implementation based on partnership working and knowledge exchange. In turn, this raises issues of legitimation, performativity and the endurance of the Medical Model of Disability across the region.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: disabled people; civil society; rights; welfare; discourse; southeast Asia
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1035-7823
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 10 February 2017
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 23:25

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