South Korea’s Political Dynamics of Regionalism: A Comparative Study of Korea-Japan FTA and Korea-U.S. FTA

Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)


South Korea has recently attracted wide attention from the world since it attempted to generate a new regional scheme after the Asian crisis. South Korea (although in vain) started the negotiation of a free trade agreement with Japan in 1998 and nearly concluded its negotiation of an FTA with the USA very rapidly and abruptly in 2007. This new regional strategy of Korea ignited the bandwagon trend of regionalism, giving birth to a new regional security and economy order in East Asia. It invited various studies and much debate about the causes, processes, and consequences of East Asian regionalism, which can be categorized as regional or transregional, bilateral or minilateral, and geographically concentrated or dispersed. Despite the visibility of the South Korea case, in-depth analysis is about to begin of the many issues pertaining to the political economy of South Korean regionalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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