The socialization of childcare and a missed opportunity through path dependence: The case of South Korea
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThe paper aims to investigate how the policy proposal to socialize childcare in South Korea was discarded by the Ministry of Gender Equality (MGE) under the Roh Moo-hyun government (2003–2007). Building on in-depth interviews and policy documents, the paper proposes that there was a policy shift in the MGE’s policy adoption resulting from the combined effects of path dependence and the dominance of neo-liberal policy ideas. I argue that these existing political realities hindered socialization efforts even when there was recognition of the need for public childcare provision within and outside the MGE.
CitationSung-Hee, L. (2017) 'The socialization of childcare and a missed opportunity through path dependence: The case of South Korea', Social Politics, DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxx001
PublisherOxford University Press