Jae Jo Lee

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth H. Dalton

Second Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Ziring

Third Advisor

Dr. Do Young Chang

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The administrative, political, and social development and modernization experience of Korea for the period 1945 through 1953 was examined in this study. Bureaucratic transformation was understood as significant to developmental outcomes for all facets of Korean society.

The political and social development theory model of Fred W. Riggs, the Prismatic Society, was selected for application in the Korean situation. Prismatic theory itself was first analyzed in detail. Korean bureaucratic formation was elucidated from multiple perspectives. The key factor of analysis was interpreted as being the U.S. with Korean bureaucratic interaction.

The bureaucratic complexity was subjected to analysis in terms of the Prismatic Model. Comparative views were presented, as were critical evaluations of the applicability of Riggs to the postwar situation in Korea.