Dr Soohyun Christine Lee
Lecturer in Comparative Politics
I joined POLIS in 2013. I have a BSc in Political Science (Ewha, South Korea), MSc in Social Policy and Planning (LSE), and DPhil in Social Policy (Oxford).
Before coming to Leeds, I was a postdoctoral research fellow (2012-2013) at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, the University of Oxford. I also taught at the Department of Politics and International Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a teaching fellow (2012) while finishing up my DPhil.
My research interests lie in the comparative political economy of welfare states with a regional focus on East Asia. Specifically, my work investigates how bureaucrats, political parties, businesses, unions and bureaucrats influence social policy-making.
My current project examines the transformation of East Asian welfare capitalism in the context of democratic consolidation, globalisation, and post-industrialisation. In particular, the project investigates the political and socio-economic underpinnings of the welfare state reform in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Furthermore, I have also developed keen interests in comparing the political economy of welfare state reform in East Asia and Europe. Through collaborative projects, I have discovered that, despite the differences in their trajectories of welfare state building, East Asian and European countries show interesting similarities in their efforts to address new challenges to their welfare states.
I teach on the following undergraduate modules.
- Comparative Politics
- Comparative Public Policy
- Approaches to Analysis
I am keen to supervise research students in the following areas.
- Politics and political economy in Asia Pacific
- Comparative political economy
- The welfare state
- Public policy-making
Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (forthcoming), 'Organised Labour, Dualisation and Labour Market Reform: Korean Trade Union Strategies in Economic and Social Crisis', Journal of Contemporary Asia.
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124936/
- Lee, S.C. (2017), ‘Democratization, Political Parties and Korean Welfare Politics: Korean Family Policy Reforms in Comparative Perspective’, Government and opposition.
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/102641/
- Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2017), 'Democratization, Post-industrialization, and East Asian Welfare Capitalism: The Politics of Welfare State Reform in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan', Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111244/
- Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2017), ‘The Politics of Labor Market Reform in Coordinated Welfare Capitalism: Comparing Sweden, Germany, and South Korea’, World Politics. 69 (1), 144-183. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0043887116000228
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/104075/
- Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2017), ‘The Politics of Investing in Families: Comparing Family Policy Expansion in Japan and South Korea’, Social Politics.
Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/108843
- Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2014) Politics of Post-Industrial Social Policy: Family Policy Reforms in Britain, Germany, South Korea, and Sweden’, Comparative Political Studies, 47(4), 601-630. [PDF version of the article: 929KB]
- Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (forthcoming), ‘A Social Investment Turn in East Asia? South Korea in Comparative Perspective’, In The Uses of Social Investment, edited by Hemerijck, A., Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press information page about The Uses of Social Investment.