Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalization
One of the most remarkable aspects of South Korea's transition from impoverished post-colonial nation to fully-fledged industrialized democracy has been the growth of its independent and dynamic labour movement. Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalisation examines current trends and transformations within the Korean labour movement since the 1990s.
It has been a common assumption that the 'third wave' of democratisation, the end of the Cold War, and the spread of neoliberal globalisation in the latter part of the 20th century have helped to create an environment in which organised labour is better placed to overcome bureaucratic national unionism and transform itself into a potential counter-globalisation movement. However, Kevin Gray argues that despite the apparent continued phenomena of labour militancy and the rhetoric of anti-neoliberalism, the mainstream independent labour movement in Korea has become increasingly institutionalised and bureaucratised into the new capitalist democracy. This process is demonstrated by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions' experience of participation in various forms of policy making forums. Gray suggests that as a result, the KCTU has failed to mount an effective challenge against processes of neoliberal restructuring and concomitant social polarisation.
The Korean experience provides an excellent case study for understanding the relationship between organised labour and globalisation. Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalisation will appeal to students and scholars of Korean studies and International Political Economy, as well as Asian politics and economics.
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Whilst historical sites of civil society uprising may include labour unions,
educational institutions, the media, and religious organizations, all are potentially
institutions of exclusion, control and the exercise of hegemony. 'The politics of
GCS is, ...
Indeed, this is a characteristic of enterprise-level industrial relations, and the
institutional weakening of labour was a key motivation in the government-
imposed decentralization of the union structure in the early 1980s. Considering
also the ...
It has been argued that factors that can 'over determine' the emergence of social
corporatism include the diffusion of foreign ideologies and institutional practices (
Schmitter 1974:108). Indeed, in Korea there has been a 'growth industry in ...
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