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Big Business, Strong State Collusion and Conflict in South Korean Developments, 1960-1990

by Eun Mee Kim

  • ISBN: 9780791432105
  • ISBN10: 0791432106

Big Business, Strong State Collusion and Conflict in South Korean Developments, 1960-1990

by Eun Mee Kim

  • List Price: $33.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780791432105
  • ISBN10: 0791432106
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Description: Focuses on the paradox of development in the newly industrializing country of South Korea.

This book debunks the rosy success story about South Korean economic development by analyzing how the state and businesses formed an alliance, while excluding labor, in order to attain economic development, and how these three entities were transformed in the process. The author analyzes the paradox of South Korean development from 1960 to 1990 -- a period during which the country experienced dramatic social, economic, and political changes. By reexamining South Korea's development through the collaboration and conflict between the state and the chaebol (big businesses), she illuminates the inherent limitations and problems of the developmental state.

"Among the many books that have been written on Korea's "economic miracle", none does a better job than this one of chronicling the growth of the giant industrial conglomerates that have come to dominate the Korean economy and setting out the evolution of their relations to the state. Eun Mee Kim harnesses an unusually rich set of data to a nicely nuanced analysis of the changing structure of business-state relations in Korea. Anyone trying to understand the dynamics of East Asian industrialization needs to read Big Business, Strong State". -- Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley

"Big Business, Strong State is an important book on an important subject. Based on careful empirical research, Eun Mee Kim analyzes the changing roles of state and business conglomerates in the dramatic development of South Korea that within a generation turned one of the world's poorest countries into an industrial society. Kim illuminates the Korean storyby discussing it in a comparative context, and she identifies critical unresolved issues in Korea's future". -- Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Asa Messer Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Development at Brown University

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