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Nation Building in South KoreaKoreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy$
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Gregg A. Brazinsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867792_brazinsky

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Institution Building Civil Society

Institution Building Civil Society

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Nation Building in South Korea

John Lewis Gaddis

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the United States' efforts to develop groups and institutions that would eventually bring about political change in South Korea after the Korean War. More specifically, it examines U.S. civilian assistance programs aimed at rebuilding South Korea's education system, improving the mass media and print culture, and training new bureaucrats. The chapter explains how American efforts to reinvigorate South Korean society eventually transformed the nation's economic and political conditions, resulting in its democratization. It cites the role of American private foundations and think tanks in helping South Korea improve its bureaucracy and public administration by introducing training programs for Korean bureaucrats and civil servants.

Keywords:   training, South Korea, United States, civilian assistance programs, education, mass media, bureaucrats, democratization, bureaucracy, public administration

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