Bureaucratic Power and Government Competitiveness

Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP, volume 13)


How did the bureaucracy in Korea manage to empower the nation’s talent and mobilize its scarce resources so efficiently toward economic development, especially in the 1960s? Korea’s spectacular economic growth has attracted the attention of practitioners from many developing countries, but few in-depth studies have been carried out focusing on the special role that the bureaucracy played in this process. While there are many factors that contribute to a nation’s development and one factor alone cannot in isolation explain completely the phenomenal success of Korean industrialization, the country’s bureaucrats have nevertheless played an important role greatly deserving of independent examination.


Korean Government Direct Democracy Government Bureaucracy Administrative Management Presidential Office 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Public AdministrationSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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