Korea: An Overview,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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Koreas political vulnerability to economic setbacks defies conventional theorizing for Korea is blessed with an astonishingly durable social fabric, based on an exceptionally homogenous population, a broadly shared educational experience, a common set of values that has transformed the traditional Confucian appreciation of leisure into a modern, compulsive work ethic, and a family system which is still so mutually supportative as to spare governments need to worry about social services and old age assistance. And, therefore, all of these, and other factors, should seemingly by enough to cushion any economic shocks and maybe they will. The reason for anxiety, however, is that the Korean political system is not in the same league with the Korean economy and its basic society.
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