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New wine in old bottles? Korean state actors’ policy engagement with the online gaming industry

New wine in old bottles? Korean state actors’ policy engagement with the online gaming industry

Song, Ji-Won ORCID: 0000-0003-2820-1691 (2020) New wine in old bottles? Korean state actors’ policy engagement with the online gaming industry. Competition & Change, 25 (1). pp. 97-123. ISSN 1024-5294 (Print), 1477-2221 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1024529420918758)

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Abstract

This article revisits the developmental state literature that stresses the unitary role of the state in steering economic development in East Asia. Focusing on the Korean state actors’ diversity and their agency after the trend of globalization and democratization, this article highlights various state actors as agents and looks into how the role of state actors has changed with industrial development, using the setting of the Korean online gaming industry over the past two decades. By examining government policy measures on the industry, I found that the state actors have actively engaged with the industry, however, this agency has not been uniform due to the different purposes of the actors and sometimes led a detrimental effect against the needs or expectations of the industry. The findings, thus, contribute to the literature by suggesting the potentiality of agent-driven institutional change and the heterogeneity that comes from the state actors’ policy engagement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2020. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online gaming industry, policy, role of state, developmental state, Korea
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2020 15:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29409

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