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Ph.D., Harvard University, 2006 (public policy)
M.P.A., Harvard University, 2001 (Kennedy School of Government)
B.A., Seoul National University, 1984 (social welfare)
Programs and CentersKorea-Pacific Program
Korea Regional Concentration Program
Public Policy Career Track
Dr. You received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University in 2006. His research interests include comparative politics, political economy, political sociology, and public policy.
Dr. You’s research explores how inequality affects corruption and how corruption and inequality erode social trust. His article with S. Khagram entitled "A Comparative Study of Inequality and Corruption" was published in the American Sociological Review (2005), and his article entitled “Social Trust: Fairness Matters More Than Homogeniety” is forthcoming in Political Psychology (2012). He is currently working on a book manuscript on the effects of democracy and inequality on corruption based on a comparative historical analysis of Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Other publications include “Transition from a Limited Access Order to an Open Access Order: The Case of South Korea” in Douglas North et al. eds. In the Shadow of Violence: The Problem of Development for Limited Access Order Societies (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), and “Transferring Production Systems: An Institutionalist Account of Hyundai Motor Company in the United States” (joint with Hyung Je Jo) Journal of East Asian Studies (2011).
Dr. You teaches graduate courses on Korean politics, social justice and public policy, and policy implementation process. He also teaches an undergraduate course on Korean politics as an Affiliated Faculty member of the Political Science Department.
Before pursuing an academic career, Dr. You 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, but later was recognized as a person of merit for democratization by a democratic government. He worked for Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice, an influential NGO in Korea, as Director of Policy Research and later as General Secretary.
You's areas of expertise include Korean politics, corruption and anti-corruption reform, social trust and social capital.
Dr. You is currently writing a book manuscript on the effects of democracy and inequality on corruption based on a comparative historical analysis of Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
Before pursuing an academic career, You was a dedicated activist in the anti-dictatorship student movement and citizens' movement for social and economic justice. He worked as the policy research director (1990-1996) and general secretary (1997-1999) of the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice, a highly influential NGO in Korea.
Professional ActivitiesAmerican Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Association for Asian Studies
International Studies Association
International Society for New Institutional Economics
- Comparative politics
- Political economy
- Political sociology
- Social capital
- Inequality and social policy
- Korean politics
Publications of Note
“A Comparative Study of Inequality and Corruption.” American Sociological Review 70 (1): 136-157. You, Jong-Sung and Sanjeev Khagram, 2005.
“Transferring Production Systems: An Institutionalist Account of Hyundai Motor Company in the United States.” Journal of East Asian Studies 11(1): 41-73. Jo, Hyung Je and Jong-Sung You, 2011.
“Social Trust: Fairness Matters More Than Homogeniety.” Political Psychology (forthcoming). 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: The Problem of Development for Limited Access Order Societies, edited by Douglas North, John Wallis, Steve Webb, and Barry Weingast. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). You, Jong-sung, 2012.
Other Publications and Working Papers:
You, Jong-Sung. 2008. “Reflections on May 18.” Korea Policy Review Volume 3, 113-118.
You, Jong-Sung and Wonhee Lee. 2011. “Budget Transparency and Participation: The Case of South Korea.” Draft.
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.