Democracy, Inequality, and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines Compared

Jong-Sung You

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    In this comparative, historical survey of three East-Asian democracies, Jong-sung You explores the correlation between inequality and corruption in the countries of South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Drawing on a wealth of rich empirical research, he illustrates the ways in which economic inequality can undermine democratic accountability, thereby increasing the risk of clientelism and capture. Transcending the scope of corruption research beyond economic growth, this book surveys why some countries, like the Philippines, have failed to curb corruption and develop, whilst others such as South Korea and Taiwan have been more successful. Taking into account factors such as the success and failure of land reform, variations in social structure, and industrial policy, Jong-sung You provides a sound example of how comparative analysis can be employed to identify causal direction and mechanisms in political science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages293
    ISBN (Print)9781107078406
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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