Demystifying the Park Chung-Hee Myth: Land Reform in the Evolution of Korea’s Developmental State

@article{You2017DemystifyingTP,
  title={Demystifying the Park Chung-Hee Myth: Land Reform in the Evolution of Korea’s Developmental State},
  author={Jong-sung You},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Asia},
  year={2017},
  volume={47},
  pages={535 - 556}
}
  • Jong-sung You
  • Published 5 June 2017
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary Asia
ABSTRACT The developmental state literature emphasises the importance of state autonomy and capacity, with a particular focus on a Weberian type of meritocratic bureaucracy. Existing studies of South Korea’s economic development generally credit Park Chung-hee for establishing such a state. This article questions this assessment with careful process tracing of the development of a meritocratic bureaucracy in the country. The findings suggest that the contrast between the predatory Rhee regime… 
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