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The effect of incumbency in national and local elections: Evidence from South Korea

Kang, Woo Chang; Park, Won-ho; Song, B K


In this paper, we investigate the effect of incumbency in three different electoral settings in South Korea using a regression discontinuity (RD) design. We claim that incumbency provides advantages in local elections, but its positive effects diminish in national legislative elections. Local politicians have an opportunity to develop close ties with their constituents, insulating themselves from national politics; but, due to the centralized nature of national politics, members of the National...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Electoral Studies
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2018.09.005


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