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Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State

By Dae-Oup Chang


Contrary to the widely-held view that the East Asian ‘developmental state’ is neutral in terms of the relationship between capital and labour – a benign co-operation between state offi cials and businessmen to organise economic development – this book argues that in fact the developmental state exists to promote the interests of capital over the interests of labour. Dae-oup Chang asserts that there has been a deliberate mystifi cation concerning the reality of this process. This book presents a radical, Marxist critique of state development theory. It both explains the exploitative functions of the state, looking at the emergence of the particular form of the capitalist state in the context of the formation and reproduction of capital relations in Korea; and traces the origin and development of the process of mystifi cation whereby the capitalist state has been characterised as the autonomous developmental state. In addition, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of labour relations in Korea both before and after the 1998 fi nancial crisis, demonstrating continuing capital relations, state transition and class struggle

Topics: 3500
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2009
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