From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960-2015

From the publisher’s website: Myungji Yang’s From Miracle to Mirage is a critical account of the trajectory of state-sponsored middle-class formation in Korea in the second half of the twentieth century. Yang’s book offers a compelling story of the reality behind the myth of middle-class formation. Capturing the emergence, reproduction, and fragmentation of the Korean middle class, From […]

Rethinking Asia’s Economic Miracle: The Political Economy of War, Prosperity and Crisis

From the publisher’s website: In the new edition of this important contribution to understanding both the Asian economic miracle and the 1997-8 crisis, Richard Stubbs assesses the main explanations to date and updates the analysis to take account of globalization and the remarkable economic rise of China. Table of Contents Introduction The Old Order and […]

Contemporary Korean Political Thought and Park Chung-hee

From the publisher’s website: This important new book identifies the distinctive characteristics of the ideological terrain in contemporary (South) Korean politics and reexamines the political thought of Park Chung-hee (1917–1979), the most revered, albeit the most controversial, former president in the history of South Korea, in light of those characteristics. Jung In Kang articulates “simultaneity […]

Kaesŏng Double Entry Bookkeeping (KDEB) in a Global Perspective (2 vols)

These two volumes represent a great contribution for a better understanding of the development of double-entry bookkeeping as a traditional accounting method used in East Asia. The chapters that follow compare the perspectives of scholars from South Korea, China, Japan, and Europe who argue that the economic history of East Asia can contribute to unveiling […]

The Strategy for Korea’s Economic Success

From the publisher’s website: The success of Korea has inspired numerous studies and research in the past decades. Despite good efforts to analyze the strategy of Korea, earlier studies have not been able to satisfactorily explain the country’s “miraculous ” growth. After thorough analysis of these earlier studies, a new model was developed to show […]

Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea

From the publisher’s website: Global Talent seeks to examine the utility of skilled foreigners beyond their human capital value by focusing on their social capital potential, especially their role as transnational bridges between host and home countries. Gi-Wook Shin and Joon Nak Choi build on an emerging stream of research that conceptualizes global labor mobility as […]

The Korean Economy: From a Miraculous Past to a Sustainable Future

From the publisher’s website: South Korea has been held out as an economic miracle—as a country that successfully completed the transition from underdeveloped to developed country status—and as an example of how a middle-income country can continue to move up the technology ladder into the production and export of more sophisticated goods and services. But […]

Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom

From the publisher’s website: Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and fascinating situation is interpreted by a true insider. In 2002, the Swiss power company ABB appointed Felix Abt its country director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur lived and worked in North Korea for seven years, one of the few foreign businessmen there. After […]

Offspring of Empire: The Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945

From the publisher’s website: According to conventional interpretations, the Japanese annexation of Korea in 1910 destroyed a budding native capitalist economy on the peninsula and blocked the development of a Korean capitalist class until 1945. In this expansive and provocative study, now available in paperback, Carter J. Eckert challenges the standard view and argues that […]

Troubled Transition: North Korea’s Politics, Economy and External Relations

From the publisher’s website: Kim Jong-il once declared he would transform North Korea into a “great and powerful country” by 2012, apparently believing that nuclear weapons would compel the international community to engage on his terms. With no such prospect in sight, North Korea faces a multitude of intractable problems. Will North Koreans accept his […]

Critical Readings on the Colonial Period of Korea 1910-1945 (4 vols)

From the publisher’s website: There has been a rapid accumulation of new scholarship on colonial Korea in particular and comparative colonialism in general within the last ten years. This volume gathers these articles from a variety of venues to allow researchers, students, and readers to access the most important scholarship on colonial Korea published in […]

Introduction to Korean Law

From the publisher’s website: As a result of globalization, the barriers between countries are coming down. There is more interaction between countries than ever and mutual understanding and communication have become essential considerations. In such an atmosphere, the Korea Legislation Research Institute has published this book to spread awareness of outstanding Korean law and of […]

From Miracle to Maturity: The Growth of the Korean Economy

The economic growth of South Korea has been a remarkable success story. After the Korean War, the country was one of the poorest economies on the planet; by the twenty-first century, it had become a middle-income country, a member of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (the club of advanced economies), and home to […]

Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism Under Park Chung Hee

From the publisher’s website: Building Ships, Building a Nation examines the rise and fall, during the rule of Park Chung Hee (1961-79), of the combative labor union at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSEC), which was Korea’s largest shipyard until Hyundai appeared on the scene in the early 1970s. Drawing on the union’s extraordinary and […]

The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy

From the publisher’s website: There are two great mysteries in the political economy of South Korea. How could a destroyed country in next to no time become a sophisticated and affluent economy? And how could a ruthlessly authoritarian regime metamorphose with relative ease into a stable democratic polity? South Korea was long ruled with harsh […]

Samsung Electronics: and the Struggle for Leadership of the Electronics Industry

This book views Samsung Electronics in terms of corporate life cycle as well as product portfolio and strategy. It also examines the issues Samsung faces as it proceeds further into the 21st century. Written from the perspective of an experienced commentator on Korean and global business, this book presents not simply a narrative or an […]