High capacity, low resilience: the 'developmental' state and military-bureaucratic authoritarianism in South Korea

Hellmann, Olli (2017) High capacity, low resilience: the 'developmental' state and military-bureaucratic authoritarianism in South Korea. International Political Science Review. ISSN 0192-5121

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Abstract

This article argues that high levels of state capacity are not a sufficient condition for consolidating autocratic rule. Rather, whether non-democratic rulers can harness the infrastructural power of the state to implement strategies of regime stabilization depends on three crucial factors: the state’s social embedding, the international context, and the extent of elite cohesion. The paper develops this argument through a case study of the military-bureaucratic regime in South Korea (1961-1987), which – despite a high-capacity "developmental" state at its disposal – failed to maintain high levels of resilience.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF0020 General. Comparative government
Depositing User: Olli Hellmann
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 12:36
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2017 00:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66024

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