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Rural development : Lessons from the liberalization of Korean trade

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  • Rural development
  • Reinschmidt, Michael
  • Korean National Commission for UNESCO


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Lessons from the liberalization of Korean trade

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Reinschmidt, Michael

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[Seoul]:Korean National Commission for UNESCO

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Journal:vol. 49(no. 4)
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Holding Korea Journal

Abstract

With strong government thrusts toward agricultural trade liberalization to increase high-tech export volume, South Koreas rural communities have had to brace for significant adjustments brought about by agrarian modernization. Rural development of the past few decades has failed to restructure the farming sector for international competition, largely due to favoritism toward big corporations and ineffective government policies characterized by top-down management and minimal communication efforts. Following such shortcomings, the considerable reduction in the number of farms and a widespread realization that reform has to come organically from within organized rural communities, rather than imposed by development, this paper argues for possible change through human agency and shows how one community is tackling self-reform toward a more sustainable life in a globalizing rural area, while trying to dodge the global reflexes from overemphasized modernity.