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Presidential election and social change in South Korea

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  • Presidential election and social change in South Korea
  • Kim, Kyong-Dong
  • Seoul National University


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Title Presidential election and social change in South Korea
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Kim, Kyong-Dong

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University

Date 2003
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 32(no. 2)
Pages 22
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

Korea’s presidential election of December 19, 2002, has baffled many observers. Sociologically, it must be understood in the context of major transformations in the wider society. This paper examines the claims made by some observers that attribute the election results to the revolt of the younger generation, and to the ideological split that surfaced in Korean society. By examining data on voting behavior, it is ascertained that age may have influenced the election results, however, regional divisions still made the most difference. The information revolution also had a significant influence on the process. Implications of these findings are discussed against the backdrop of broader societal changes, with some thoughts on the prospect of the new regime.