The new Korean political economy : beyond the models of capitalism debate
Pirie, Iain. (2012) The new Korean political economy : beyond the models of capitalism debate. Pacific Review, 25 (3). pp. 365-386. ISSN 0951-2748Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2012.685092
A key theme within the literature on the evolution of the Korean political economy since the 1997/8 crisis has been the extent to which Korea remains a `developmental state' or has pursued radical neoliberal reform. These debates have not only reflected a concern with understanding the Korean economy but with a wider set of questions relating to the future of capitalist diversity within a globalized economy. By the late 1980s Korea had come to be regarded as a model of successful state-led late capitalist development. Korean modern economic history has insured that questions relating to the extent that it has pursued neoliberal reform have been of keen interest to students of political economy globally. This paper argues that substantive neoliberal reform has taken place in Korea since 1997. The thesis that a new `developmental state' is in process of consolidating itself is simply wrong. However, the state's reform program interacted with material conditions and political coalitions at the meso level in a complex and uneven manner. In certain critical sectors, such as finance, a neoliberal regulatory regime has been consolidated. In others, such as telecommunications, developmentalist regulatory structures have proven to be highly resilient. In order to fully understand the complexity of the contemporary Korean political economy it is necessary, therefore, to prioritize the importance of meso-level analysis.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Pacific Review|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 365-386|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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