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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Tat Yan Kong

BA (Newcastle) MPhil DPhil (Oxon)


Tat Yan Kong
Department of Politics and International Studies

Postgraduate Exam Board Chair

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Centre of Korean Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies

London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science

Steering Committee Member, Co-Director

Dr Tat Yan Kong
Email address:
+44(0) 20 7898 4743
+44(0) 20 7898 4759
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Tuesdays 2-4pm


Dr Tat Yan Kong studied at Newcastle and Oxford Universities. Before coming to SOAS, he taught at the Open University (Tutor for Social Science) and at Portsmouth University (Lecturer in International Politics). During his research, Dr Kong been affiliated with institutions in both South Korea (Ewha Women's University, Korea University, Yonsei University) and Taiwan (National Chengchi University, Academia Sinica). He welcomes PhD applications in the comparative politics, international politics and political economy of East Asia (especially applications with reference to the Korean Peninsula).


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Available for
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
  • TV
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • Korea North
  • Korea South
  • Taiwan
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Korean


Authored Books

Kong, Tat Yan (2000) The Politics of Economic Reform in South Korea. A Fragile Miracle. London: Routledge.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Kim, Dae-Hwan and Kong, Tat Yan, eds. (1996) The Korean Peninsula in Transition. London; New York: St Antony's-Macmillan/St Martin's.

Book Chapters

Kong, Tat Yan (2012) 'Neo-Liberal Restructuring in South Korea Before and After the Crisis.' In: Chang, Kyung-Sup and Fine, Ben and Weiss, Linda, (eds.), Developmental Politics in Transition: The Neoliberal Era and Beyond. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 235-253. (Macmillan IPE Series)

Kong, Tat Yan (2003) 'Politics, the State and Business in the Democratic Transition of South Korea'.' In: Amann, E and Chang, Ha-Joon, (eds.), Economic Crisis and Restructuring: Brazil and South Korea. London: ILAS, pp. 202-221.

Kong, Tat Yan (2002) 'Regime Change in South Korea.' In: Kim, Hyuk-Rae, (ed.), Korean Studies Forum. Seoul: Yonsei University Press, pp. 111-137.

Kong, Tat Yan (1997) 'Democratization and Its Aftermath: Transition and Continuity in South Korea.' In: Kim, Dae Hwan and Kong, Tat Yan, (eds.), The Korean Peninsula in Transition. Macmillan, pp. 91-115.

Kong, Tat Yan (1996) 'The Origins of Democratization and Economic Liberalization in South Korea.' In: Nonnemans, Gerd, (ed.), Economic and Political Liberalization: Linkages and Dynamics in International Comparative Perspective. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp. 229-244.


Kong, Tat Yan (2014) 'The Political Obstacles to economic Reform in North Korea: The Ultra Cautious Strategy in Comparative Perspective.' The Pacific Review, 27 (1). pp. 73-96.

Kong, Tat Yan (2013) 'From Late-Industrialisation to Globalisation: The Hybridisation of Labour Relations Among Leading South Korean Firms.' New Political Economy, 18 (5). pp. 625-652.

Kong, Tat Yan (2012) 'Cooperation in Unlikely Settings: The Rise of Cooperative Labor Relations Among Leading South Korean Firms.' Politics & Society, 40 (3). pp. 425-452.

Kong, Tat Yan (2011) 'Pathways to Cooperation: The Transformation of Labour Relations Among Leading South Korean Firms.' Economy & Society, 40 (1). pp. 56-83.

Kong, Tat Yan (2006) 'Globalization and Labour Market Reform: Patterns of Response in Northeast Asia.' British Journal of Political Science, 36 (2). pp. 359-383.

Kong, Tat Yan (2006) 'Labor and Globalization: Locating the Northeast Asian Newly Industrializing Countries.' Review of International Political Economy, 13 (1). pp. 103-28.

Kong, Tat Yan (2005) 'Labour and Neo-Liberal Globalization in South Korea and Taiwan.' Modern Asian Studies, 39 (1). pp. 163-198.

Kong, Tat Yan (2004) 'Corruption and the Effect of Regime Type: the Case of Taiwan.' New Political Economy, 9 (3). pp. 341-364.

Kong, Tat Yan (2004) 'Neo-Liberalization and Incorporation in Advanced Newly Industrialized Countries: A View from South Korea.' Political Studies, 52 (1). pp. 19-42.

Kong, Tat Yan (2000) 'Power Alternation in South Korea.' Government and Opposition, 35 (3). pp. 370-391.

Kong, Tat Yan (1996) 'Corruption and its Institutional Foundations: The Experience of South Korea.' Institute of Development Studies Bulletin, 7 (2). pp. 48-55.

Kong, Tat Yan (1995) 'From Relative Autonomy to Consensual Development: The Case of South Korea.' Political Studies, 43 (4). pp. 630-634.


Kong, Tat Yan (2008) North Korea's Nuclear Capacity and the Path of Reform. Written Evidence for the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tenth Report, Global Security: Japan and Korea. London: UK Parliament House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Kong, Tat Yan (2006) Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula: The North Korean Nuclear Issue. Written Evidence for the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Seventh Report: East Asia, Vol. 2. London: UK Parliament: House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affiars.


Kong, Tat Yan (2013) Rear Vision. North Korea: The History of Its Relationship with the US and with Nuclear Weapons. Australia Broadcasting Corporation. [Audio]

Kong, Tat Yan (2006) Rear Vision: North Korea. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. [Audio]

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