Colloquium in April 2020
Shin, Jin-Wook (Professor, Department of Sociology at Chung-Ang University)
Recently the extractive and redistributive state capacity has been given greater attention as expected to alleviate class inequalities, which become critical problems in many industrialized societies. This study analyzes how the extractive and redistributive state capacity in South Korea has changed since the 1960s. According to the analysis, the extractive and redistributive state capacity in South Korea, although still low, has the most dramatically risen among the OECD nations’. As main reasons for its great growth rate, major changes in the tax structure and social insurance programs in South Korea are pointed out. The study discusses that ‘democratization’ in South Korea begun in the late 1980s might have played an important role in the changes.
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