African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403


State-economy relations and survival of democratic governance in transiting societies: Lessons from South Korea

E.B.A. Agbaje
  • E.B.A. Agbaje
  • Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Okuku Campus, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 26 September 2013
  •  Accepted: 07 August 2014
  •  Published: 30 September 2014



Rational men support institutions that best guarantee the attainment of their socioeconomic aspirations. Of all known political rationalizations, democracy, it is that best prides such. However, in certain climes, there are inhibitive factors defiling the success of democracy, much of which is located within the state-economy relations. With a state-economy relations and democratic governance model, this paper comparatively, examined the trajectories of development in transiting societies in Asia and sub-Sahara Africa. It unveils that much of the failure at ensuring sustenance of democratic governance across transiting societies, in this case Nigeria, as compared with South Korea, stem from the contradictions arising from the interface between the state and the economy. With the Korean insight, despite regional peculiarities, it insists that efforts at reprofiling the state to ensure sustenance of democratic order should be premised on appropriate framework that captures the various indexes and promotes mutually reinforcing positive synergy between the state and the economy.


Key words: State, state-economy relations, democratic governance, transiting societies, Nigeria, South Korea, Africa and Asia.