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The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy

Stein Ringen, Huck-ju Kwon, Ilcheong Yi, Taekyoon Kim, and Jooha Lee


There are two great mysteries in the political economy of South Korea. How could a destroyed country in next to no time become a sophisticated and affluent economy? And how could a ruthlessly authoritarian regime metamorphose with relative ease into a stable democratic polity? To make sense of these mysteries the book follows two narratives for the period from 1945 to 2000. One is about social policy from its feeble roots in poor relief in the colonial period, early land reform, and the influx of foreign voluntary agencies in the first years of independence. And the second one is about the sta ... More

Keywords: social policy, state analysis, political history, authoritarianism, democracy, development, Asia, East Asia, Korea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stein Ringen, author
Social Science Division, University of Oxford
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Huck-ju Kwon, author
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
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Ilcheong Yi, author
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
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