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Book Launch: Learning from the South Korean Developmental Success

Date: 29 May 2014



UNRISD is pleased to partner with colleagues at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, to host the launch of our latest volume, Learning from the South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Development Cooperation; Synergistic Institutions and Policies (Ilcheong Yi and Thandika Mkandawire, eds.) The volume is an output of a research partnership between UNRISD and KOICA: Making International Development Cooperation Effective: Learning from the Korean Experience.

Launch programme
  • Introductions and Welcome: David Hulme (University of Manchester)
  • Highlights and Insights from the Book: Ilcheong Yi (UNRISD)
  • Discussants: Jiyoon Kim and Soo Min Jeon (KOICA), David Hulme
  • Q & A
  • A drinks reception will follow from 16:00

The edited volume offers lessons for development in the twenty-first century through an analysis of the South Korean experience. Looking beyond the analytical scope of the developmental state, contributions focus on the institutional mechanisms enabling the state and society to establish complementary economic and social policies, the actors involved and the consequences of the choices in a range of policy areas — aid, industrialization, labour markets, fiscal and monetary policies, social policy, rural development, the environment and gender relations — between 1945 and 2000.

Framing social policies as a set of interventions to enhance individual and societal capabilities, the volume shows how a wide range of policies formulated to complement each other across the protective, reproductive, productive and redistributive spheres contributed to both economic and social development. Covering the periods of state-building, rapid industrialization in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as well as the responses to the Asian Economic Crisis in the 1990s, the volume aims to identify the institutional foundations and legacies of South Korea’s developmental success.

The book is valuable reading for all interested in development economics, macroeconomics, institutional economics, political economy, migration studies, gender studies and international relations.

To see the table of contents and read a sample chapter, click here.