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From the Ideology of Sustainable Development to Modelling a Sustainable Society: Conceptualizing Policy Change and Environmental Indicator Interactions in South Korea

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2007, 34(2), pp.61-104
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general

Dai-Yeun Jeong 1

1제주대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This six part paper analyzes developmental, environmental, and sustainability policies along with suggested indicators in South Korea. The first part reviews concepts of sustainable development. The second part outlines the process of industrialization in South Korea from the 1960s. The third part documents the change in the state of the environment in South Korea that was the result. In order to quantify the relationship of economic development expansion with the declining state of the environment, correlation coefficients were estimated between economic development variables and variables measuring environmental decline. The fourth part describes the major activities being utilized to achieve sustainable development in South Korea. The fifth part documents the change in sustainable development policies in South Korea as this continues. The sixth part concludes with a critical examination of the effectiveness of different policies for achieving sustainable development in South Korea. In general, the paper provides an exploratory statistical method for modelling and monitoring case‐specific interactions of environmental indicators for historical interactive changes. This encourages a method for testing ongoing policy soundness toward achieving a sustainable society. This paper argues the necessary of including multiple empirical indicators in real‐time modeling for interactions to fine‐tune conceptions of environmental policy away from a technological reductionist approach to a multi‐variate structural, systemic approach.

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