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Politics and economics : Theory and evidence from Korea's regions

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  • Politics and economics
  • Huh, Won-Jea
  • University of Pittsburgh


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Title Politics and economics
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Theory and evidence from Korea's regions

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Huh, Won-Jea

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[Pittsburgh]:University of Pittsburgh

Date 2009
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Government and Law < Political Systems
Holding University of Pittsburgh

Abstract

Because there is a controversy about the relationship between democracy and development, my objective is to clarify this confused intellectual landscape by using Korean regional data covering the years 1971- 2001. This is a period that spans Korea’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. In this dissertation, I use civil society organizations (CSOs) as a yardstick for quantifying the level of regional democracy. And, I test for the impact of CSOs on economic growth and key public goods − such as education and health services, and social overhead capital (SOC) – under the dictatorship and under a democracy. The democratization of Korea in 1987 forms the boundary between the autocratic and democratic regimes. And, it also provides a good opportunity to identify and compare the efficacy of fiscal decentralization in the different political systems. (The rest omitted)