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Book Launch: Democracy, Inequality and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines Compared

The Department of Political & Social Change warmly invites you to attend the book launch of Democracy, Inequality and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines Compared by Dr Jong-sung You. Dr You's book will be launched by Professor Stephan Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor,University of California San Diego.

The launch will be held

Tuesday 5 May, 2015

5:00pm - 6:30pm

The Atrium, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Road

Please RSVP by Monday 4 May via Eventbrite

Enquires to

If you are unable to attend, copies of the book can be purchased from the publishers website or see the flyer.

About the book:

The book explores how inequality increases electoral clientelism, bureaucratic patronage, and elite capture, and thereby political, bureaucratic, and corporate corruption. It employs a multimethod approach that combines quantitative and qualitative research and that contains primary research on Korea. It finds that success and failure of land reform in these countries, which was primarily determined by exogenous factors such as external communist threats, produced different levels of inequality, which in turn led to different levels of corruption. Unlike the Philippines, successful land reform in South Korea and Taiwan dissolved the landed class and produced egalitarian socio-economic structure, which helped to contain clientelism and develop programmatic politics over time, gradually improve meritocratic recruitment of public officials, and promote state autonomy. In Korea, however, the chaebol-centered industrialization under the patronage of the state led to increasing economic concentration and capture by the chaebol, which explains slightly higher level of corruption in Korea than in Taiwan.

Updated: 29 April 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Jodie Mildenhall / Page Contact:  Jodie Mildenhall