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Digital Development in Korea: Lessons for a Sustainable World

Digital Development in Korea: Lessons for a Sustainable World

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

Myung Oh, James F. Larson
August 15, 2019

Digital Development in Korea explores the central role of digital information and communication technology in South Korea. Analysing the role of ICT in green growth and sustainability, this new edition also demonstrates how concerns over public safety and the Olympic Games, are shaping next...

Korean Adoptees and Transnational Adoption: Embodiment and Emotion

Korean Adoptees and Transnational Adoption: Embodiment and Emotion

1st Edition

Jessica Walton
March 21, 2019

This book investigates the experiences of South Koreans adopted into Western families and the complexity of what it means to "feel identity" beyond what is written in official adoption files. Korean Adoptees and Transnational Adoption is based on ethnographic fieldwork in South Korea and...

Megacity Seoul: Urbanization and the Development of Modern South Korea

Megacity Seoul: Urbanization and the Development of Modern South Korea

1st Edition

Yu-Min Joo
January 14, 2019

In Asia, there are a growing number of gigantic megacities, accompanied by a series of speculative and extravagant megaprojects. Amid the fast-paced urban and development challenges, many Asian governments have been searching for replicable and inspirational cases in Asia. South Korea and...

Public Management in Korea: Performance Evaluation and Public Institutions

Public Management in Korea: Performance Evaluation and Public Institutions

1st Edition

Soonae Park
September 05, 2018

Many books on performance management or evaluation are about the public sector in general or specifically about some programs or organizations. Only a few of them target the public institutions. This book addresses what types of challenges that performance evaluations of public institutions...

North Korea's Foreign Policy: The DPRK's Part on the International Scene and Its Audiences

North Korea's Foreign Policy: The DPRK's Part on the International Scene and Its Audiences

1st Edition

Lenka Caisova
August 21, 2018

This book analyses North Korean foreign policy since 1994, aiming to better understand the part the DPRK plays in international politics. Pyongyang is the country’s capital and largest city. To the north and northwest, the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok and Tumen rivers;...

Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea: Beyond the Miracle

Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea: Beyond the Miracle

1st Edition

Joon Nak Choi, Yong Suk Lee, Gi-Wook Shin
May 29, 2018

Export-oriented industrialization has transformed the Korean economy so profoundly that it has become known as the "Miracle on the Han." Yet, this industrial model has become fragile, as Korea’s chaebols are being challenged by Chinese competitors. Attempts to seek out new engines of economic...

The Personalist Ethic and the Rise of Urban Korea

The Personalist Ethic and the Rise of Urban Korea

1st Edition

Yunshik Chang
December 14, 2017

This book reviews South Korea’s experiences of kŭndaehwa (modernization), or catching up with the West, with a focus on three major historical projects, namely, expansion of new (Western) education, industrialization and democratization. The kŭndaehwa efforts that began in the last quarter of the...

The Failure of Socialism in South Korea: 1945-2007

The Failure of Socialism in South Korea: 1945-2007

1st Edition

Yunjong Kim
November 22, 2017

Despite the fact that socialist parties have proved to be a major political force across the world, this has not been the case in Asian countries. Socialism in South Korea is a quintessential example of this failure. Despite the existence of a socialist party and what would seem to be the right...

Korea's Retirement Predicament: The Ageing Tiger

Korea's Retirement Predicament: The Ageing Tiger

1st Edition

Thomas R. Klassen, Yunjeong Yang
October 12, 2017

The distinguishing feature for many workers in South Korea is contractual – and often involuntary – retirement at a young age (mid-50s for most workers) followed by precarious and low-paying self-employment or contract work. In the past this practice, which is also found in other East Asian nations...

Public Administration and Policy in Korea: Its Evolution and Challenges

Public Administration and Policy in Korea: Its Evolution and Challenges

1st Edition

Keun Namkoong, Kyung-ho Cho, Sangmook Kim
July 11, 2017

The present Korean public administration and policy system has shown very significant differences compared to the system in 1970s. This book provides a comprehensive and holistic view on the development of Korean public policy and administration. Instead of dichotomizing the policy and...

Leader Symbols and Personality Cult in North Korea: The Leader State

Leader Symbols and Personality Cult in North Korea: The Leader State

1st Edition

Jae-Cheon Lim
May 24, 2017

The legitimacy of the North Korean state is based solely on the leaders’ personal legitimacy, and is maintained by the indoctrination of people with leader symbols and the enactment of leadership cults in daily life. It can thus be dubbed a "leader state". The frequency of leader symbols and the...

Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics

Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics

1st Edition

Adam Cathcart, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, Christopher K. Green
November 17, 2016

In the years since the death of Kim Jong-il and the formal acknowledgement of Kim Jong-un as head of state, the North Korean regime has made a series of moves to further augment and consolidate the ideological foundations of Kimism and cement the young leader’s legitimacy. Historical narratives...

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