Neo-developmental states in the twenty-first century: technological upgrading in the Korean telecommunications sector

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Abstract

Korean firms are relatively new entrants in the race to set new technological standards in the international telecommunications sector. However, these endeavours were not undertaken alone: the Korean state has worked in partnership with domestic firms to support their transition from being fast-followers to innovators. The international standardization of Korean-developed technologies has attracted intense criticism from foreign trade partners, principally the United States who has typically demanded the withdrawal of the Korean government’s involvement in the domestic and international standardization of Korean-developed technologies. How has the Korean government maintained a strategic approach to industrial governance despite the existence of significant external political pressures? By focusing on public and private efforts to promote the domestic and international standardization of a new fourth-generation telecommunications technology known as ‘Mobile Wimax’, I argue that high levels of elite consensus and the creation of robust mechanisms to facilitate inter-firm and state-industry networks helped the Korean state’s support for the technological upgrading of domestic firms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKSAA 7th Biennial Conference
Subtitle of host publication16-18 November 2011, Sydney, Australia
PublisherKorean Studies Association of Australasia
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9780733430794
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventKorean Studies Association of Australasia Biennial Conference (7th : 2011) - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 16 Oct 201118 Oct 2011

Conference

ConferenceKorean Studies Association of Australasia Biennial Conference (7th : 2011)
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period16/10/1118/10/11

Bibliographical note

Paper awarded as the ‘Best Paper for Early Career Researcher’ Prize.

Keywords

  • Korea
  • Mobile Wimax
  • Wibro
  • Elite consensus
  • Developmental state

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