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Palgrave Macmillan

Learning from the South Korean Developmental Success

Effective Developmental Cooperation and Synergistic Institutions and Policies

ISBN 9781137339478
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Social Policy in a Development Context

This edited volume presents lessons for development in the 21st century through an analysis of South Korea's development experience. The question of how the collaboration between state and society has contributed to capability enhancement is examined. The papers of the volume aim to understand the complementarity between economic and social policies. Looking beyond the conventional analytical scope of South Korean developmental state, they focus on the institutional mechanisms enabling the state and society to establish complementary policies, the actors involved and the consequences of the choices in the policy areas of aid, industrial, labour market, fiscal and monetary policies, social policy, rural development, environment, and gender to identify relevant lessons for developing countries in the 21st century.

This volume considers the institutions and policies of South Korea between 1945 and 2000. Framing social policies as a set of policies to enhance individual and societal capability, this volume shows how a wide range of policies were formulated to complement each other in protective, reproductive, productive and redistributive spheres for economic and social development. In particular, it includes the periods of state-building prior to the rapid industrialisation of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and the responses to Asian Economic Crisis in the 1990s, which identified the institutional foundations and legacies for Korea's successful development.

This book is indispensable reading for all interested in development economics, macroeconomics, institutional economics, political economy, migration studies, gender studies and international relations.

Thandika Mkandawire is Chair in African Development at LSE and Olof Palme Visiting Professor, Swedish Research Council. Earlier he was Director of UNRISD; and Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has published widely on problems of policy making, adjustment and democratization.
Ilcheong Yi is Research Coordinator at UNRISD. His research interests are issues related to the developmental state, social policy in developing countries and macro-level development strategies. His recent publications are mainly related to the welfare state and health policies in developing countries.

1. Overview: Learning from Developmental Success; Thandika Mkandawire and Ilcheong Yi
2. Lessons from the Social Policy and Development of South Korea: An Interrogation; Thandika Mkandawire
3. The Korean Experience and the Twenty-first Century Transition to a Capability Enhancing Developmental State; Peter Evans
4. Securing the Home Market: A New Approach to Korean Development; Alice Amsden
5. Institutional Linkages between Social Protection Measures and Industrialization in South Korea; Jooha Lee
6. Development of Transformative Social Policy in South Korea: Lessons from the Korean Experience; Moo-Kwon Chung
7. The Saemaul Undong in Historical Perspective and in the Contemporary World; Mike Douglass
8. How Could Enhancement of Education and Health Contribute to Economic Growth in South Korea?; Ilcheong Yi
9. Effective Aid and Development Cooperation in South Korea; Ilcheong Yi, Olive Cocoman, You-ah Chung and Hyunjoo Rhee
10. Learning through Localizing International Transfers: South Korea's Development Experiences; Taekyoon Kim
11. The South Korean Developmental Alliance between Business, Labour and Government; Eun Mee Kim
12. Change and Continuity in Social Policy Responses to Economic Crises in South Korea: 1979–81 versus 1997–98; Jae-jin Yang
13. Effective but Uneven: Korean Development from a Gender Perspective; Jinock Lee
14. Korean Responses to Environmental Challenges: Origins, Drivers and Impacts of Green Growth on Development; Manohar Pawar and Taewook Huh


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