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The Political Economy of Business Ethics in East Asia. A Historical and Comparative Perspective

  • ID: 3798939
  • Book
  • September 2016
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

The Political Economy of Business Ethics in East Asia: A Historical and Comparative Perspective deals with modes of ethical persuasion in both public and private sectors of the national economy in East Asia, from the periods of the fourteenth century, to the modern era. Authors in this volume ask how, and why, governments in pre-modern Joseon Korea, modern Korea, and modern Japan used moral persuasion of different kinds in designing national economic institutions.

Case studies demonstrate that the concept of modes of exchange first developed by John Lie (1992) provides a more convincing explanation on the evolution of pre-modern and modern economic institutions compared with Marx's modes of production as historically-specific social relations, or Smith's free market as a terminal stage of human economic development.

The pre-modern and modern cases presented in this volume reveal that different modes of exchange have coexisted throughout human history. Furthermore, business ethics or corporate social responsibility is not a purely European economic ideology because manorial, market, entrepreneurial, and mercantilist moral persuasions had widely been used by state rulers and policymakers in East Asia for their programs of advancing dissimilar modes of exchange. In a similar vein, the domination of the market and entrepreneurial modes in the twenty-first century world is also complemented by other competing modes of change, such as state welfarism, public sector economies, and protectionism.

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Chapter 1: Comparing State Economic Ideologies and Business Ethics in East Asia

Chapter 2: From Market to Mode of Exchange

Chapter 3: Confucianism and Work Ethic-Introducing the ReVaMB Model

Chapter 4: Corporate Authoritarianism and Civil Society Responding in Korea: The Case of Minority Shareholders' Movement

Chapter 5: Business Ethics in Korea: Chaebol Dynastic Practices and the Uneven Transition From a Market to an Entrepreneurial Mode of Exchange

Chapter 6: Mapping K-Pop Past and Present: Shifting the Modes of Exchange

Chapter 7: Business Ethics and Government Intervention in the Market in Joseon

Chapter 8: The Politics of Institutional Restructuring and Its Moral Persuasion in Japan: The Case of the Iron and Steel Industry (1919-34)

Chapter 9: Political Economy of Business Ethics in East Asia

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Ingyu Oh Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

Ingyu Oh is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Hallyu Studies, RIKS, Korea University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oregon, U.S.A.
Gil Sung Park The Graduate School, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

Gil-Sung Park is the 29th Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Sociology at Korea University, Seoul.
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