The Welfare State in Korea

The Politics of Legitimation

  • Huck-ju Kwon

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Huck-ju Kwon
    Pages 1-5
  3. Huck-ju Kwon
    Pages 27-68
  4. Huck-ju Kwon
    Pages 69-102
  5. Huck-ju Kwon
    Pages 131-142
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-194

About this book


Through the analysis of institutional dynamics Kwon argues that social policy development in Korea is not due to common exogenous factors such as international or union pressure but to the desire of the weakly-legitimated government to have itself legitimized. Such political rationale is deeply embedded in the structure of social policy institutions and particularly in the way that the state has played a part in financing social welfare programmes. Kwon shows that the role of the Korean state is characterized as essentially that of regulator-type rather than provider.


government Institution Policy social policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Huck-ju Kwon
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  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationSungkyunkwan UniversitySeoulKorea

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