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Lessons from Korea to Africa : Leaders, politics and developmental states

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  • Lessons from Korea to Africa
  • Mah, Luis
  • Technical University of Lisbon(Centre of African and Development Studies)


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Title Lessons from Korea to Africa
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Leaders, politics and developmental states

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Mah, Luis

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Lisbon:Technical University of Lisbon(Centre of African and Development Studies)

Date 2011
Pages 19
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding Technical University of Lisbon

Abstract

A recent series of studies have been dealing with the dynamics behind the building of developmental states in Africa. This working paper is a contribution for that debate by looking at the experience of the Korean developmental state and the lessons that Africa can learn from this Asian country’s experience seen as an outstanding model of economic development. Despite poor resource endowment and a large population, a colonial legacy, the devastation following a civil war, persistent political instability, and the lingering military confrontation with her northern neighbour, Korea’s role in the international economic system has rapidly increased in importance since the 1960s. For nearly five decades, Korea has achieved a remarkable economic performance that transformed the country from a typical case of a developing nation trapped in a “vicious circle of underdevelopment”, into one of the largest economies in the late 1990s. (The rest omitted)

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This paper was originally presented at the 4th European Conference on African Studies in Uppsala (Sweden) on the 17th of June 2011.