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Korea's royal families : presidential politics and the political economy of chaebŏl reform

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Title: Korea's royal families : presidential politics and the political economy of chaebŏl reform
Authors: York, Robert James
Keywords: Korea
Asian Studies
corporate governance
Issue Date: May 2014
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2014]
Abstract: For decades South Korean politicians, pundits, and citizens have criticized the chaebŏl, the massive, family-owned conglomerates who take up a disproportionate share of the nation's wealth and who use their influence to avoid penalties for law-breaking. However, political considerations, as well as the chaebŏl's role in Korea's post-war economic miracle, have caused reform efforts to fizzle once presidential candidates make their way into office. This thesis analyzes scholarly assessments of Korea's presidents, their policies on economy and finance, and the political considerations each faced in dealing with the large business groups. It challenges the claims of these business groups, and their supporters, of the chaebŏl's indispensability by comparing Korea to Taiwan, which enjoyed similar successes by fostering smaller businesses. It concludes by offering policy recommendations to the current presidential administration, which is better-positioned to tackle chaebŏl reform than any administration in decades.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014.
Includes bibliographical references.
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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