Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy: “Mixed Governance” and Welfare in South Korea

Issue Date July 2011
Volume 22
Issue 3
Page Numbers 120-134
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This article sets out to tackle three main questions: 1) How did South Korea lift itself out of utter destruction and destitution to affluence?; 2) How could a ruthlessly authoritarian regime be transformed with relative ease into a stable democratic polity?; and 3) What institutions and governance enabled the authoritarian and democratic governments of South Korea to reduce poverty and inequality?