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By David C. Kang

Why has the literature on Asian improvement no longer addressed the problem of cash politics in Korea? How do we reconcile the view of an effective developmental nation in Korea earlier than 1997 with reviews of huge corruption and inefficiency in that very same nation in 1998 and 1999? Politics is important to the reply. This research argues that either Korea and the Philippines skilled major corruption in the course of the post-independence period, and that political--not economic--considerations ruled coverage making in either international locations.

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Many analyses of third-world countries emphasize that the state is a relatively recent, and hence weak, addition to the political scene. Strong interest groups may be able to capture control of the state and use the power of the state for their own ends. Two other possibilities exist. In Cell IV there are numerous interest groups and diffuse power within the state. In this situation, no single group could have too much influence, and the “political market” would come close to clearing. ”32 When both state and business are weak, rents are all but eliminated.

28. Virod Aggarwal, Liberal Protectionism. The International Politics of Organized Textile Trade (Berkeley: UC Press, 1985). For other scholars who acknowledge the role of threats, see Chalmers Johnson, MITI and the Japanese Miracle (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1982); and Jung-en Woo, Race to the Swift (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), Chs. 3 and 4. Robert Powell, “Absolute and Relative Gains in International Relations Theory,” The American Political Science Review 85 (December 1991): 1303–1320; and Duncan Snidal, “Relative Gains and the Pattern of International Cooperation,” American Political Science Review 85 (September 1991): 701–726.

Virod Aggarwal, Liberal Protectionism. The International Politics of Organized Textile Trade (Berkeley: UC Press, 1985). For other scholars who acknowledge the role of threats, see Chalmers Johnson, MITI and the Japanese Miracle (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1982); and Jung-en Woo, Race to the Swift (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991), Chs. 3 and 4. Robert Powell, “Absolute and Relative Gains in International Relations Theory,” The American Political Science Review 85 (December 1991): 1303–1320; and Duncan Snidal, “Relative Gains and the Pattern of International Cooperation,” American Political Science Review 85 (September 1991): 701–726.

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