Revolutions from above: worker training as trasformismo in South Korea

Moore, Phoebe (2005) Revolutions from above: worker training as trasformismo in South Korea. Capital & Class, 29 (2). pp. 39-72. ISSN 0309-8168

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Abstract

While making very substantial changes to the population's working conditions, government strategies to foster economic development in South Korea have historically attempted to keep worker involvement, in terms of influence on the process, to a bare minimum. Applying the Gramscian concept of passive revolution, this article analyses governance mechanisms and production relations over a history of authoritarianism and up to the contemporary period of democratic reform. Trasformismo, which is a strategy of limited concessions, has been provided via vocational training for workers. Despite this attempt at inclusion, it is concluded that workers have not enjoyed full participation in negotiation for their welfare at any time in Korean history.

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Additional Information:While making very substantial changes to the population's working conditions, government strategies to foster economic development in South Korea have historically attempted to keep worker involvement, in terms of influence on the process, to a bare minimum. Applying the Gramscian concept of passive revolution, this article analyses governance mechanisms and production relations over a history of authoritarianism and up to the contemporary period of democratic reform. Trasformismo, which is a strategy of limited concessions, has been provided via vocational training for workers. Despite this attempt at inclusion, it is concluded that workers have not enjoyed full participation in negotiation for their welfare at any time in Korean history.
Keywords:South Korea, Worker training
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L712 Human and Social Geography of Asia
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:420
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:06 Dec 2006
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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