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Decentralization in East Asia : A reassessment of its background and potential

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  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Decentralization in East Asia
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A reassessment of its background and potential

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2002-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 13(no. 1)
Pages 22
Subject Country Eastern Asia(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

Through much of the 1990s, East Asian states pursued decentralization as a panacea for economic, political, social, and foreign policy problems. Most bold reforms were not approved; a few that were approved worsened inefficiency. Both the Confucian tradition and modernization from above had not left a suitable foundation for the types of changes needed. Neither local society nor central bureaucratic power allowed much scope for market-oriented localism or cross-border linkups based on global principles. The exception was Southeast China, where the Chinese diaspora eased cooperation. To achieve both reform and regionalism, Japan and South korea should lead a revival of decentralization by emphasizing human resource development based on international migration, educational exchanges, and cities open to global integration.