For Korea, What Comes After Prosperity?

photo: A.P. D'CostaHav­ing advanced from its state as an impov­er­ished, warn-torn nation to a place among the great economies of the world, what comes next for the Repub­lic of Korea? That’s the ques­tion to be addressed by Antho­ny P. D’Costa in a talk spon­sored by the East-West Cen­ter Research Pro­gram on on Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 24, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

D’Costa is the chair of Con­tem­po­rary Indi­an Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mel­bourne (devel­op­ment Stud­ies) and the Aus­tralia India Insti­tute and is cur­rent­ly a POSCO vis­it­ing fel­low at the East-West Cen­ter. His talk, titled “Cap­i­tal­ist Matu­ri­ty and South Korea’s Devel­op­ment Conun­drum,” will take place in Burns Hall 3012.

Using the con­cept of cap­i­tal­ist matu­ri­ty, D’Costa will exam­ine the devel­op­ment chal­lenges for Korea in the post-devel­op­ment era. His pre­sen­ta­tion will focus on Korea’s region­al (Asian) econ­o­my, busi­ness and insti­tu­tion­al respons­es to expand­ing Asia, and the soci­etal adjust­ment issues to increas­ing flows of Asian stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als, and unskilled work­ers. The pre­sen­ta­tion will con­clude by briefly indi­cat­ing the many unfin­ished domes­tic reforms at mul­ti­ple lev­els, which could rein­force Korea’s exter­nal engage­ment and poten­tial­ly resolve the devel­op­ment conun­drum aris­ing from cap­i­tal­ist matu­ri­ty.

D’Costa has writ­ten exten­sive­ly on the polit­i­cal econ­o­my of the steel, auto, and IT indus­tries cov­er­ing themes of cap­i­tal­ism and glob­al­iza­tion, devel­op­ment, inno­va­tions, and indus­tri­al restruc­tur­ing in India and North­east Asia. He is work­ing on a book on glob­al­iza­tion and the inter­na­tion­al mobil­i­ty of IT work­ers to be pub­lished by Rout­ledge and After Devel­op­ment Dynam­ics: South Korea’s Engage­ment with Con­tem­po­rary Asia, an edit­ed vol­ume to be pub­lished by Oxford.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Cyn­thia Wasa Nakachi (NakachiC@eastwestcenter.org) in the East-West Cen­ter Pro­gram Office at (808) 944‑7439.