Korean employment relations in the context of East Asia

Leggett, Christopher (1999) Korean employment relations in the context of East Asia. In: Proceedings of the First Korean Studies Association of Australasia Conference. pp. 65-79. From: Korean Studies Association of Australia Conference , 27-28 September 1999, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

The purpose of his paper is to survey the East Asian employment relations context of Korea in the last decade of the 20th century. It identifies some of the critical characteristics for each of the countries selected, having first examined the frames of reference applied to the study of East Asian employment relations and adopted a stage of industrialisation criterion for that selection. At the beginning of the decade there were signs that Japan might not be able to sustain its economic dynamic, but observers were still confident that the Asian 'economic miracle' would be extended through the generations of industrialisation: it would only be a matter of time and adjustment before Vietnam and other late industrialisers caught up with the 'tigers', and the 'tigers' with the 'newly industrialised economies' (NIEs). Towards the end of the decade East Asian countries were in recession precipitated by a rapid transfer of capital out of the region in 1997, a transfer enabled by the forces of globalisation that most East Asian countries were eager to embrace. The review identifies some of the critical characteristics for each of the countries selected according to their stage in the industrialisation process in the middle of the decade. It proceeds by making comparisons within the East Asian employment relations context where appropriate and by addressing the question of what constitute the regionalisation and globalisation dimensions. This anticipates the overview of the distinctive features of employment relations developments in East Asian countries according to their rankings in the industrialisation chain. Attention is paid to the employment conditions of women workers, especially in the export processing zones (EPZs), and, where possible, to the effects on employment relations of the ongoing financial crisis. The review concludes with a summary that highlights the main characteristics of East Asian employment relations and their implications for employment relations in Korea.

Item ID: 19057
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
ISBN: 978-0-7334-0612-6
Keywords: South Korea; employment relations; East Asia
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FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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