Please rsvp to eva.hansson@statsvet.su.se at latest 14 November 2017. A light lunch will be served at the seminar.
 
The Korean model of development has been praised as one of the most successful one, through which a poor authoritarian country can achieve economic development and democracy together. Since the mid-2000s, however, the country has experienced a return of authoritarian politics with a staggering economic performance. And the most recent political scandal of President Park in 2016 has revealed some entrenched problems of Korean model development in the most dramatic way. This talk aims to provide some critical reflections on recent developments in South Korea after summarizing positive assessments of Korean model of development.
 
Dr Young-Hwan Byun is a Korean researcher at Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University. Young-Hwan obtained his PhD in political science from City University of New York in 2016. His research focus lies on comparative political economy on income distribution and the welfare states.