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South Korean politics in transition: democratization, elections and the voters

CollectionsANU Pacific Institute
Title: South Korean politics in transition: democratization, elections and the voters
Author(s): Kwang-Bae, Sun
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Dept. of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
Series/Report no.: Regime Change and Maintenance in Asia and the Pacific. Discussion paper series: No. 20
This paper focuses on the meaning of elections in South Korea during the democratization period ( 1985-92). It begins by briefly reviewing the political process from 1945 to 1987, with particular attention to South Korea's democratic experiments, and then discusses how the old and new cleavages-that is, the cleavages of government versus opposition, and of regionalism-have shaped electoral choice in elections during the democratization period. The paper also discusses the role played by regional cleavages, which have continued to prevail in electoral contests since 1987, within the current presidential system of government in South Korea.
ISBN: 0731526708
ISSN: 1037-1036


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