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The East Asian Model Transformation and Sustainability

By Hyungkee Kim Copyright 2023
    194 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Hyungkee Kim analyses the model of East Asian development as it existed during periods of high growth and how it was transformed by pressures from both the Washington consensus and its own internal contradictions.

    Many have discussed the successes and failures of the East Asian model, but Kim is concerned rather with the story of its transformation, and its long-term sustainability. He uses a Five Sector Model, which focuses on the, state, corporate, financial, labour, and foreign sectors to identify the core of East Asian model and examine the variants in Korea, Japan and China. He also outlines the distinctions between the East Asian model and Western development models including the Anglo-American, Rhine, and Nordic models. He analyses in detail the institutional changes such as marketization, privatization, liberalization, and flexibilization that have transformed the East Asian model. Highlighting the major problems that emerged from the transformation of the East Asian model, Kim assesses its prospects for economic, social and ecological sustainability and proposes an agenda for institutional reforms.

    An essential reading for scholars of East Asian political economy.

    1. Introduction 2. The East Asian Miracle and Crisis Revisited 3. The Core of the East Asian Model and Its Variants 4. The Transformation of the East Asian Model 5. The Growth and Crisis in the East Asian Model 6. Miracle, Crisis, and Transformation of a Developmental State: The Case of Korea 7. The Sustainability of the East Asian Model 8. Towards a New East Asian Model 9. Conclusion


    Hyungkee Kim is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Kyungpook National University in Korea. He studied at Fudan University, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. And he taught at Kyoto University. He published books and articles on economic development and labor economics. His recent researches focus on the East Asian economies. Major books include New Political Economy, 2001, and An Alternative Development Model: Beyond Neo-liberalism, 2007. Major articles include "A Solidaristic Knowledge Policy for Sustainable Human Development", International Critical Review , Vol.1, No.3, 2011