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The Australian National University

Dr Jong-sung You

Ph.D. and MPA from Harvard University; B.A. from Seoul National University
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 7097

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 1606
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Policy And Administration 1605
  • Public Policy 160510

Research interests

Comparative Politics

Comparative Political Economy

Inequality, corruption, social trust and development

Freedom of expression and election campaign regulations

Korea and East Asia


Dr. Jong-sung You’s research interests include comparative politics and political economy of inequality, corruption, social trust, freedom of expression and election campaign regulations, with regional focus on Korea and East Asia. His book entitled Democracy, Inequality and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines Compared is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His articles on the causes of corruption and social trust were published in the American Sociological Review and Political Psychology. He has also published in the Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Korean Journal of International Studies and Trends and Prospects.

He received Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University in 2006, and taught at University of California, San Diego. Before pursuing an academic career, he worked for democratization and social justice in South Korea. He was imprisoned for more than two years because of his active role in the anti-dictatorship student movement under the military regimes. He also worked for Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice as Director of Policy Research and Executive Director.

Researcher's projects

Publications (Peer-Reviewed):


You, Jong-Sung. 2014(Forthcoming). Democracy, Inequality, and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines Compared. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles:

You, Jong-Sung and Sanjeev Khagram. 2005. “A Comparative Study of Inequality and Corruption.” American Sociological Review 70 (1): 136-157.

Jo, Hyung Je and Jong-Sung You. 2011. “Transferring Production Systems: An Institutionalist Account of Hyundai Motor Company in the United States.” Journal of East Asian Studies 11(1): 41-73.

You, Jong-Sung. 2012. “Social Trust: Fairness Matters More Than Homogeniety.”  Political Psychology 33(5): 701-721.

You, Jong-Sung. 2014. “Hanguk Minjujueuiwa Pyohyunui Jayu: Jayu Minjujueuieui Wigi (Korean Democracy and Freedom of Expression: Crisis of Liberal Democracy).” Tonghyanggwa Jeonmang (Trends and Prospects) 90, 9-44.

You, Jong-Sung. 2014. “Land Reform, Inequality, and Corruption: A Comparative Historical Study of Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.” The Korean Journal of International Studies 12, 191-224.

Haggard, Stephan and Jong-sung You. 2014. “Freedom of Expression in South Korea.” Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Book Chapters:

You, Jong-sung. 2012. “Transition from a Limited Access Order to an Open Access Order: The Case of South Korea.” In In the Shadow of Violence: Politics, Economics, and the Problems of Development, edited by Douglas North, John Wallis, Steve Webb, and Barry Weingast (Cambridge University Press), 293-327.

You, Jong-Sung and Wonhee Lee. 2013. “Budget Transparency and Participation in South Korea.” In Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability,” edited by Sanjeev Khagram, Archon Fung, Paolo de Renzio (Brookings Institution Press), 105-129.

Other Publications:

You, Jong-Sung. 2010. “Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law: The Bulging Pocket Makes the Easy Life. By Eric M. Uslaner. (Cambridge University Press, 2008)” The Journal of Politics 72(2).

You, Jong-Sung. 2008. “Reflections on May 18.” Korea Policy Review Volume 3, 113-118.

Conference Papers and Working Papers:

You, Jong-Sung. 2014. “The Cheonan Dilemmas and Freedom of Expression in South Korea.” Presented at the annual conferences of the International Studies Association, Toronto, March 276-29, 2014.

You, Jong-Sung. 2013. “The Origin of the Developmental State in South Korea: A Reexamination of the Park Chung-hee Myth.” Presented at the annual conferences of the Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, March 21-24, 2013 and the International Studies Association, San Francisco, April 3-6, 2013.

You, Jong-Sung. 2010. “The Cheonan Dilemma, Inter-Korean Relations, and the Six Party Talks: A Korean Perspective.” Presented at the conference “Toward a Regional Security Architecture for Northeast Asia,” Jeju Peace Institute, Jejudo, Korea. August 6, 2010.

You, Jong-Sung. 2009. “Is South Korea Succeeding in Controlling Corruption?” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, September 3-6, 2009.

You, Jong-Sung. 2008. “A Comparative Study of Corruption in South Korea, Relative to Taiwan and the Philippines: Focusing on the Role of Land Reform and Industrial Policy.”  Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, Georgia, April 3-6, 2008. 

You, Jong-Sung. 2007. “Corruption as Injustice.”  Presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, August 30- September 2, 2007.

You, Jong-Sung. 2005. “A Study of Social Trust in South Korea, with Comparative Perspectives.”  Presented at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, August 13-16, 2005.

You, Jong-Sung. 2003. “The Role of Civil Society in Combating Corruption in Korea”, Presented at the International Anti-Corruption Conference, Seoul, Korea, May 2003.

New Research Projects:

1)      A Comparative Study of Election Campaign Regulations: Focusing on South Korea, Taiwan and Japan

2)      Freedom of Expression in South Korea and Taiwan after the Second Turnover

3)      Process-tracing of Control of Corruption in South Korea

4)      Inequality, Corruption and Growth: The Role of Land Reform in East Asian Development

5)      Politics and Political Economy of Inequality in South Korea


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