Park, S-H., Shin, H.B. and Kang, H-S. (eds.) (2021) Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience. Routledge

I’m pleased to see the cover design and the publisher proofs of a new forthcoming book that I co-edited with Dr Se Hoon Park and Dr Hyun Soo Kang. This book is A detailed examination of the “Korean development model” from its urban dimension and evaluates its implications for international development cooperation. In addition to the Introduction, I have also contributed a chapter titled “Urban Transformation ‘Korean Style’: Lessons from Property-based Urban Development”.

Many thanks especially to Dr Se Hoon Park who was instrumental to the birth of this volume and associated academic workshop held earlier on.

Book description

There is an increasing tendency to use the development experience of Asian countries as a reference point for other countries in the Global South. Korea’s condensed urbanization and industrialization, accompanied by the expansion of new cities and industrial complexes across the country, has become one such model, even if the fruits of such development may not have been equitably shared across geographies and generations. The chapters in this book critically reassess the Korean urban development experience from regional policy to new town development, demonstrating how these policy experiences were deeply rooted in Korea’s socioeconomic environment and discussing what can be learned from them when applying them in other developmental contexts. 

This book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers in the field of urban studies and developmental studies in general, and in Korea’s (urban) development experience in particular.

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