An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea
Yoon Suk-yeol has picked experienced officials for top posts, boding well for policy but raising risk of groupthink
In the short time since Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration, the new South Korean president has pursued policies that can be best summed up under the banner “Anything but Moon Jae-in.” Nowhere has the new administration’s efforts to differentiate itself from its predecessor been more apparent than in its appointments of new economic officials.
Thus far, Yoon has shown a preference for naming professionals and technocrats with lots of experience in their fields. This is a change from previous administrations — liberal and conservative — that have tended to fill key ministerial positions with political friends or prominent university professors.
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