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Mobilizing for Development: The Modernization of Rural East Asia

Kristen E. Looney


This book tackles the question of how countries achieve rural development and offers a new way of thinking about East Asia's political economy that challenges the developmental state paradigm. Through a comparison of Taiwan (1950s–1970s), South Korea (1950s–1970s), and China (1980s–2000s), the book shows that different types of development outcomes—improvements in agricultural production, rural living standards, and the village environment—were realized to different degrees, at different times, and in different ways. The book argues that rural modernization campaigns, defined as policies deman ... More

Keywords: rural development, East Asia, Taiwan, South Korea, China, state-led development, agrarian change, rural modernization campaigns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748844
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen E. Looney, author
Georgetown University