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Korea - Politics, Economy, Society: Mission Statement

We welcome readers to Korea: Politics, Economy, Society. Korea: Politics, Economy, Society is, in a sense, both an established and a brand-new publication. It is an established publication because it builds on its German-language predecessor, Korea: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, which was published annually from 1996 to 2006 by the Hamburg-based Institute of Asian Affairs (since 2006, the Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies). Korea: Politics, Economy, Society continues all the central features which characterized Korea: Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. The yearbook is essentially a hybrid publication which combines refereed scholarly articles on political, economic and social affairs on the Korean peninsula and concise overviews of developments in South and North Korean domestic affairs, the external relations of both Koreas plus inter-Korean relations. A chronology of developments on the Korean peninsula in the year preceding publication supplements the "year-in-review"-type articles.

Korea: Politics, Economy, Society is, however, also a brand-new publication. Its new English-language format permits us not only to reach many more readers than before, but it also broadens the scope of the yearbook in terms of new authors and topics covered. Moreover, while the former yearbook was edited by a single person, Korea: Politics, Economy, Society brings together a team of British and German editors who individually contribute their respective expertise, skills and contacts. The editors are supported by two overseas editors, Charles Armstrong in the United States and Sung-hoon Park in the Republic of Korea. Finally, Korea: Politics, Economy, Society gives us the opportunity to aim for new professional standards  by co-operating with the Leiden-and-Boston-based international academic publisher Brill.

The editors are particularly interested in papers dealing with North Korea and inter-Korean affairs plus papers which analyse Korean affairs from a comparative perspective. We encourage interested scholars to contact the editors for more information on how to contribute to Korea: Politics, Economy, Society. The editors acknowledge with gratitude the considerable encouragement and financial support they have received from the Academy of Korean Studies in the publication of Korea: Politics, Economy, Society. They have benefited also from the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff at Brill, in particular Albert Hoffstädt and Patricia Radder, who have accompanied publication from the inception of each volume to the final printing process. The Korea Yearbooks of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are available @amazon.

Rüdiger Frank, James E. Hoare, Patrick Köllner Susan Pares


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