After Development

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224 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9780878406609 (0878406603)

July 1997
LC: 96-47406



After Development
The Transformation of the Korean Presidency and Bureaucracy
Sung Deuk Hahm and L. Christopher Plein

This book explores the dynamic changes now taking place in the South Korean government as a result of recent social and economic liberalization. Sung Deuk Hahm and L. Christopher Plein trace the emergence in Korea of a post-developmental state, in which both increasingly autonomous capital interests and growing public expectations of a higher quality of life challenge existing authoritarian institutions. Separating out the constituent parts of the Korean state, they then explore the evolving roles of the Korean presidency and bureaucracy in setting national policy.

The authors analyze the importance of social and cultural factors, as well as the motives of individual political actors, in shaping institutional change in Korea. They show how shifting socioeconomic conditions have altered the way political decisions are made. Hahm and Plein illustrate these transitions with concrete examples of policy making in the area of technology development and transfer—an area of critical importance to Korea's rapid modernization.

Sung Deuk Hahm is an assistant professor of public policy at Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

L. Christopher Plein is an assistant professor of public administration at West Virginia University.