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State-centric to Contested Social Governance in Korea

Shifting Power, 1st Edition

By Hyuk-Rae Kim


202 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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In this interdisciplinary study of governance, Hyuk-Rae Kim traces how civil society and NGOs have evolved over time, how they differ in motivation from their Western counterparts, and the role civil society NGOs have played in consolidating democracy as the governance system in Korea changes from a state-centric to a contested one.

This book presents civil society's rise in Korea through in-depth analyses of today's most pressing issues, in order to chart the shifting role of a formerly state-centric to a contested governance system in modern Korea. With detailed case studies and policy discussions, this book explores the role of NGOs in campaigning for political reform and the eradication of political corruption; the provision of public goods and services; challenging the government’s policies on migration; tackling the issue of North Korean refugees and human rights; and the provision of regional environmental governance. These case studies demonstrate that the state is no longer the sole guardian and provider of public institutions and goods and underline the growing role of civil society in Korea.

Both a study of contested governance and an exploration of contemporary Korean society, this book will be of imminent interest to students and scholars alike of Korean politics, East Asian politics, governance, and civil society.


"This is a well-written book with well-structured chapters and well-supported examples and logic… Anyone interested in civil society, Korean politics or even the issues of migrants or the question of North Korean refugees would find this book very helpful."

Changzoo Song, University of Auckland, Asian Studies Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. NGOs and INGOs: Global Trends and the South Korean Case 3. Civil Society in the Making 4. Civil Society in Search of Political Reform 5. NGOs as Policy Entrepreneurs in Pursuit of the Public Good 6. NGOs and the Governance of Migration 7. Transnational Networks of NGOs for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights 8. NGOs and Environmental Governance

About the Author

Hyuk-Rae Kim is Professor of Korean Studies in the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University, Korea.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Modern Korea

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General