Learning from the South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Developmental Cooperation and Synergistic Institutions and Policies

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This analysis of South Korea's development experience can present lessons for development in the 21st century. Situating the development experience of South Korea within the framework of the capability enhancing state, this volume examines the empowering institutions and policies of South Korea between 1945 and 2000.
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Thandika Mkandawire is Chair in African Development at LSE and Olof Palme Visiting Professor, Swedish Research Council. Earlier he was Director of UNRISD; and Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. He has published widely on problems of policy making, adjustment and democratization.

Ilcheong Yi is Research Coordinator at UNRISD. His research interests are issues related to the developmental state, social policy in developing countries and macro-level development strategies. His recent publications are mainly related to the welfare state and health policies in developing countries.
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Apr 13, 2014
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