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Aid and development in Taiwan, South Korea, and South Vietnam

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  • Gray, Kevin
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Title Aid and development in Taiwan, South Korea, and South Vietnam
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Gray, Kevin

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[Helsinki]:UNU(WIDER)

Date 2013-09
Series Title; No WIDER Working Paper / 2013/085
ISBN 978-92-9230-662-5
Pages 23
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Vietnam(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Official Aid < Multi-Sector
Holding UNU(WIDER)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explain the divergent developmental outcomes between South Korea, Taiwan, and South Vietnam. Whilst US aid has correctly been cited as key factor in explaining the rapid post-war development of South Korea and Taiwan, the ultimate failure to establish strong institutions in South Vietnam calls for a closer analysis of how differing historical and geopolitical factors explain the greater political stability and absorptive capacity of South Korea and Taiwan. In particular, divergent colonial legacies as well changing US policies towards land reform played a key role in the South Vietnamese state’s failure to quell internal opposition.