Korea's developmental alliance : state, capital and the politics of rapid development

Hundt, David 2009, Korea's developmental alliance : state, capital and the politics of rapid development, Routledge, London, England.

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Title Korea's developmental alliance : state, capital and the politics of rapid development
Author(s) Hundt, David
Publication date 2009
Series Routledge advances in Korean studies ; 15
Total pages x, 158 p.
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, England
Keyword(s) developmental alliance
Korean development
political economy
Summary South Korea is often cited as a case of miraculous transformation from poverty to prosperity. Korea’s achievement of moving from one of the world’s poorest countries as recently as the early 1960s to the ranks of the ten biggest economies only four decades later has rightly attracted interest from policymakers and scholars alike.

This book identifies the factors that shaped relations between the state and big business in Korea, the ‘developmental alliance’. These factors offer a cogent framework in which to identify and predict changes in power relations between government and business. Rather than merely offering a means of explaining the rapid-growth phase of Korean development, the politics of the developmental alliance also help us understand how and why the Korean miracle turned to crisis in 1997 and why the subsequent recovery has been so uneven. In this way, the book highlights the political power of business, which is often underplayed in discussions of the development of Korea. It also sheds light on the constraints on policymakers during modernisation, and how power is shared among a small number of powerful parties.

Illustrating the tumultuous politics of the ‘developmental alliance’ between business and government during the rise and decline of South Korea’s economic miracle, this book is an essential read for anyone interested in Korean politcs, economics and development,
Notes Introduction. The developmental alliance and Korean development -- 1. Korea in the political economy literature -- 2. The dynamics of the developmental alliance -- 3. Priming for take-off -- 4. Forming the developmental alliance -- 5. The developmental alliance in flux -- 6. Realigning the alliance -- 7. The alliance in retrospect -- App. 1. Key personages in the Korean developmental alliance -- App. 2. Glossary of Korean terms used in the text.
ISBN 9780415466684
0415466687
Language eng
Field of Research 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016549

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