Politics of Democratization in Korea The Role of Civil Society

ISBN-10: 0822957361

ISBN-13: 9780822957362

Edition: 2000

Authors: Sunhyuk Kim

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What role did civil society play in Korea's recent democratization? How does the Korean case compare with cases from other regions of the world? What is the current status of Korean democratic consolidation? What are the prospects for Korean democracy? In December 1997, for the first time in the history of South Korea (hereafter Korea), an opposition candidate was elected to the presidency. Korea became the first new democracy in Asia where a horizontal transfer of power occurred through the electoral process. Sunhyuk Kim's study of democratization in Korea argues that the momentum for political change in Korea has consistently emanated from oppositional civil society rather than from the state. He develops a civil society paradigm and utilizes Korearsquo;s three authoritarian breakdowns (only two of which resulted in democratic transitions) to illustrate the past and present influences of Korean civil society groups on authoritarian breakdowns, democratic transitions, and post-transition democratic consolidations. One of the first systematic attempts to apply a civil society framework to a democratizing country in East Asia,The Politics of Democratization in Koreawill be of use to political scientists and advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in comparative politics, political theory, East Asian politics, and the politics of democratization.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 12/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Note on Transliteration
Introduction: Korean Democratization and Civil Society
Civil Society and Democratization: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues
Civil Society in the First Democratic Juncture, 1956-1961
Civil Society in the Second Democratic Juncture, 1973-1980
Civil Society in the Third Democratic Juncture, 1984-1987
Civil Society in Democratic Consolidation, 1988-
Conclusion: From Protest to Advocacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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