Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93677
Authors: 
Gray, Kevin
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2013/085
Abstract: 
The aim of this paper is to explain the divergent developmental outcomes between South Korea, Taiwan, and South Vietnam. Whilst US aid has correctly been cited as key factor in explaining the rapid post-war development of South Korea and Taiwan, the ultimate failure to establish strong institutions in South Vietnam calls for a closer analysis of how differing historical and geopolitical factors explain the greater political stability and absorptive capacity of South Korea and Taiwan. In particular, divergent colonial legacies as well changing US policies towards land reform played a key role in the South Vietnamese state's failure to quell internal opposition.
Subjects: 
South Korea
Taiwan
South Vietnam
US aid
land reform
development
JEL: 
F35
O53
O19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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