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The Politics of Coalition in Korea: Between Institutions and Culture

The Politics of Coalition in Korea: Between Institutions and Culture

1st Edition

Youngmi Kim
January 10, 2014

This book examines how inter- and intra-party coalition-building affects governability in South Korea. Focusing on the Kim Dae-jung administration (1998-2003) as a case study in the failure of a government to turn electoral success into stable governability, or ability to implement reform policies,...

Retirement, Work and Pensions in Ageing Korea

Retirement, Work and Pensions in Ageing Korea

1st Edition

Jae-Jin Yang, Thomas Klassen
January 10, 2014

Even among the four Asian tigers, with their economic miracles during the past several decades that allowed them to join the ranks of the developed nations, South Korea is extraordinary. As significant as its economic progress, from a dirt poor and devastated nation in the 1960s, is South Korea’s...

South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society

South Korean Social Movements: From Democracy to Civil Society

1st Edition

Gi-Wook Shin, Paul Chang
April 30, 2013

This book explores the evolution of social movements in South Korea by focusing on how they have become institutionalized and diffused in the democratic period. The contributors explore the transformation of Korean social movements from the democracy campaigns of the 1970s and 1980s to the rise of...

Legal Reform in Korea

Legal Reform in Korea

1st Edition

Tom Ginsburg
November 15, 2012

Law in Korea has historically been viewed as merely a tool of authoritarian rule, but since the transition to democracy in 1987 it has served a more important and visible role as a force for social change. With contributions from leading US and Korean scholars, Legal Reform in Korea explores this...

Korea's Developmental Alliance: State, capital and the politics of rapid development

Korea's Developmental Alliance: State, capital and the politics of rapid development

1st Edition

David Hundt
June 14, 2012

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...

The Global Korean Motor Industry: The Hyundai Motor Company's Global Strategy

The Global Korean Motor Industry: The Hyundai Motor Company's Global Strategy

1st Edition

Russell D. Lansbury, Chung-Sok Suh, Seung-Ho Kwon
May 15, 2012

This book examines the experiences of the globalizing Korean automobile industry, with particular focus on the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), one of the most prominent of the new Korean multinational corporations. It provides an overview of the changing nature of the global automobile industry,...

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987-1995)

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987-1995)

1st Edition

Doowon Suh
May 15, 2012

East Asia has undergone an intense period of economic development and accompanying social change in recent years and among the unforeseen social phenomena that have emerged are new forms of trade unions. This book analyzes the importance of such a new union movement in Korea by focusing on the...

Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State

Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State

1st Edition

Dae-oup Chang
April 17, 2012

Contrary to the widely-held view that the East Asian "developmental state" is neutral in terms of the relationship between capital and labour – a benign co-operation between state officials and businessmen to organise economic development – this book argues that in fact the developmental state...

Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Crisis Korea: European Investors and 'Mismatched Globalization'

Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Crisis Korea: European Investors and 'Mismatched Globalization'

1st Edition

Judith Cherry
October 12, 2011

In this book Judith Cherry analyses the impact of economic and cultural globalization on efforts to promote inward foreign direct investment (IFDI) in South Korea over the past four decades. The book traces the development of Korean IFDI policy from one of restriction and control to one of...

South Korea under Compressed Modernity: Familial Political Economy in Transition

South Korea under Compressed Modernity: Familial Political Economy in Transition

1st Edition

Kyung-Sup Chang
September 07, 2011

The condensed social change and complex social order governing South Koreans’ life cannot be satisfactorily delineated by relying on West-derived social theories or culturalist arguments. Nor can various globally eye-catching traits of this society in industrial work, education, popular culture,...

Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalization

Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalization

1st Edition

Kevin Gray
May 10, 2011

One of the most remarkable aspects of South Korea’s transition from impoverished post-colonial nation to fully-fledged industrialized democracy has been the growth of its independent and dynamic labour movement. Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalisation examines current trends and transformations...

Korea Confronts Globalization

Korea Confronts Globalization

1st Edition

Yunshik Chang, Hyun-ho Seok, Donald Baker
March 24, 2011

Korea Confronts Globalization looks at the way in which the phenomenon of globalization has impacted on Korean society in terms of national identity, corporate change, labour markets, democracy, tradition and social policy, and the implications for Korea's social cohesion in a continually...

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