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Institutional Path Dependence in Korean Trade Liberalization

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Kendrick Kuo analyzes the development of South Korea’s free trade strategy in the aftermath of the 1997 financial crisis. Using an institutional path dependence approach to political economy, he argues that contingencies created by the crisis, the strategy of setting precedents, and bureaucratic inertia are important variables in the evolution of South Korea as a free trade hub.

Kendrick Kuo is a second-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in China Studies and International Economics. He is also an editorial assistant for War on the Rocks. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Religion. In 2010, he was a Boren Scholar at the University of Jordan. After graduating from SAIS, he will return to GWU as a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science.