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Does regionalism matter? Local politics and foreign direct investment in South Korea

Does regionalism matter? Local politics and foreign direct investment in South Korea The purpose of this paper is to examine how political/authoritarian regionalism affects foreign direct investment (FDI) in sub-national states in South Korea.Design/methodology/approachThis paper employs statistical analysis to examine the relationship between regionalism and FDI, along with historical description of regionalism in South Korea.FindingsThe analyses suggest that not only authoritarian regionalism influence foreign investment to the region but also political regionalism matters. Sub-national states with higher authoritarian regionalism receive less foreign investment while sub-national states with high political regionalism, which imply political stability, receive more FDI than others.Originality/valueThe paper examined how local politics influence foreign investments in South Korea, and suggests stronger decentralization will positively influence FDI in the future. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

Does regionalism matter? Local politics and foreign direct investment in South Korea

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2046-3162
DOI
10.1108/aeds-02-2018-0041
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine how political/authoritarian regionalism affects foreign direct investment (FDI) in sub-national states in South Korea.Design/methodology/approachThis paper employs statistical analysis to examine the relationship between regionalism and FDI, along with historical description of regionalism in South Korea.FindingsThe analyses suggest that not only authoritarian regionalism influence foreign investment to the region but also political regionalism matters. Sub-national states with higher authoritarian regionalism receive less foreign investment while sub-national states with high political regionalism, which imply political stability, receive more FDI than others.Originality/valueThe paper examined how local politics influence foreign investments in South Korea, and suggests stronger decentralization will positively influence FDI in the future.

Journal

Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 9, 2019

Keywords: South Korea; Regionalism; Foreign direct investment

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