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Finding beneficiaries: trade adjustment assistance system in South Korea

Joon-heon Song (School of Business and Commerce, Tokyo International University, Saitama, Japan)

Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

ISSN: 1477-0024

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the essential cause for the policy failure of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) in South Korea.

Design/methodology/approach

To substantiate the claims made for the failure of the policy, this paper focuses on the differences in policy preferences among the government ministries and agencies involved in TAA.

Findings

The failure in the TAA policy, according to this study, was attributed to the conflicts and miscoordination arising from the differences in policy preferences among government ministries and agencies. To rectify this failure, the South Korean government had to revise its laws and regulations several times over a short period.

Originality/value

Drawing on the analytical framework of the literature on policy failure, this paper examines the causal relationships between outcomes of TAA policy and the conflicts or miscoordination among government bodies at each stage: initiatives and planning, implementation and operation of the policy.

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Citation

Song, J.-h. (2017), "Finding beneficiaries: trade adjustment assistance system in South Korea", Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 92-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/JITLP-03-2017-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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