Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/93725
Authors: 
Kim, Jiyoung
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2013/121
Abstract: 
This paper examines the questions of why and how foreign assistance was utilized successfully in South Korea but less so in Ghana, with a focus on the role of aid in the process of state building and state transition in these two countries. Before the 1960s, South Korea and Ghana shared approximately similar levels of GDP per capita. However, while South Korea achieved rapid economic development and democracy in one generation, Ghana suffered from slow development and a general deterioration of the standard of living. In particular, the state in South Korea played a critical role in achieving economic development, while the Ghanaian state, although relatively successful in carrying out recent economic reforms, is still far from becoming a fully effective developmental state. Adopting a comparative historical research method, the study explains the divergent paths of these two countries with a special focus on the impact of foreign assistance on state transitions. It argues that contextual factors - including the effect of colonial legacy in each of these two regions in shaping modern states and the specific characteristics of foreign assistance intervention - provide useful insights in explaining the differential impact of aid on state building and state transition in Ghana and in South Korea.
Subjects: 
Ghana
South Korea
foreign aid
state transition
state building
JEL: 
F50
F54
H11
O10
O57
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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