Edited by Samuel S. Kim
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Korea's Democratization by Samuel S. Kim
Book DescriptionThe Republic of Korea is regarded as a shining example of democracy in East Asia. Despite this significant achievement, Korea's democracy in practice has been plagued by political gridlock, severe factional infighting, a lack of social capital and cooperation between civil society and political institutions, and leadership behavior that calls to mind its authoritarian past. Although the country is now a secure electoral democracy, its journey toward democratic consolidation is far from complete. In this volume, some of the best scholars on Korean politics explore and assess the complex interplay of the facilitating and inhibiting factors that have influenced and reshaped Korea's democratic consolidation process at all levels of state and society, as well as the prospects for consolidation in the coming years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521530224
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Samuel S. Kim
Two Koreas and the Great Powers, Hardback (June 2006)
This book explores Korea's place in relation to China, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
Korea at the Center, Hardback (May 2005)
Koreas location at the very center of Northeast Asia also gives it a pivotal role in the economic integration of the region and the dynamic development of its more powerful neighbors. This book offers an appraisal of Korea as the key to the coalescence of a broad, open Northeast Asian regionalism in the 21st century.
Inter-Korean Relations, Hardback (September 2004)» View all books by Samuel S. Kim
In post-cold War thinking, North Korea was expected to collapse and be absorbed into a single Korean state by the democratic regime in South Korea. Fifteen years later, this has not happened, and June 2000 saw a summit making the warmest inter-Korean relations yet.
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