The Rule of Law in South Korea

The Rule of Law in South Korea

Editors: Jongryn Mo, David W. Brady
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4892-4
Publication Date: 12/1/2010
Pages: 238

South Korea—and all of East Asia—has come along way in developing democracy and a free market economy, but weak legal systems cloud its economic and political future. Corruption pervades every part of daily life, and in many parts of East Asia the rule of law is deteriorating. In this book, a group of expert contributors examine the challenges of fully implementing the rule of law in South Korea's fledgling democracy and market economy. The contributors detail the obstacles that must be overcome, such as corruption in politics and corporate governance and a deep-rooted cultural indifference to the rights of the individual, and offer suggestions on what can—and what should not—be done.

The Rule of Law in South Korea ultimately makes a strong case for legal reform that promotes understanding and education on the importance of the individual, showing that not enough attention has been paid to the sanctity of the individual person in the rule-of-law debate. Members of the public must understand that the basic function of the rule of law is to protect their individual rights. Perhaps even more important, the book points out that education alone is not sufficient and exemplary behavior from political leaders is essential to move forward toward the rule of law.

Jongryn Mo is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an assistant professor in the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

David W. Brady is deputy director and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.


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David W. Brady

David Brady is deputy director and Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at the university. He has published seven books and more than 100 papers in journals and books.



Jongryn Mo

Jongryn Mo was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a professor of international political economy at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. Before taking that position at Yonsei, he was an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Mo holds a BA in economics from Cornell University, an MS in social sciences from the California Institute of Technology, and a PhD in business from Stanford University.

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