Having 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.