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Korea's search for a global role between hard economic interests and soft power

Title
Korea's search for a global role between hard economic interests and soft power
Authors
Kalinowski T.Cho H.
Ewha Authors
Thomas Kalinowski
SCOPUS Author ID
Thomas Kalinowskiscopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
European Journal of Development Research
ISSN
0957-8811JCR Link
Citation
vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 242 - 260
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
South Korea has been a rising economic power for some decades. It exhibits several behavioral traits associated with rising powers such as issue leadership and opportunity seeking. Korea aims to be an issue leader in the field of development, although it seeks to secure the foundations for further sustained economic growth. In this article, we investigate Korea's global strategy since the 1990s, aiming to translate its economic clout into global political influence. The focus is placed on a critical evaluation of the approach under the current Lee Myung Bak administration since 2008. This article examines the domestic factors that have led Korea to pursue its strategies of securing influence, including most notably the legacy of the mercantilist developmental state. The article raises cautionary concerns about the capacity of Korea to adopt a foreign policy that moves beyond economic self-interest and plays an active role in the creation of global public goods. © 2012 European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes.
DOI
10.1057/ejdr.2012.7
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