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Economic development and political change in comparative perspective : Developmental states in South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore

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  • Economic development and political change in comparative perspective
  • Seaman, David
  • Universität Osnabrück


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Title Economic development and political change in comparative perspective
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Developmental states in South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore

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Seaman, David

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[Osnabrück]:Universität Osnabrück

Date 2015
Pages 403
Subject Country Singapore(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding Universität Osnabrück

Abstract

This study investigates how the structure and activities of states shape societies in different ways during processes of economic development. The analysis explores how the particular institutional configurations of developmental states in South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore shaped trajectories of social change in ways which impacted processes of political change at later points in time. Using a path dependency approach, the study argues that a critical juncture took place in these three countries at various points in their early post-colonial periods, during which time state elites undertook a comprehensive program of reorganizing the state, society, and the organizational and institutional connections between the two, for the purpose of pursuing a strategy of rapid export-oriented industrialization. Differences in the way this critical juncture took place across these cases shaped important variations in institutional patterns of state-society relations. (The rest omitted)