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Rule of law and law reform in Korea

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  • Rule of law and law reform in Korea
  • Hong, Joon-Hyung
  • Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)


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Title Rule of law and law reform in Korea
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Hong, Joon-Hyung

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)

Date 1995
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 10
Pages 31
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

As a theater of historical experimentation, Korean society merits special attention. Economic and social transformations that unfolded over two centuries or more in Western societies and over more than a century in Japan have exploded in a far shorter time in Korea. Various features of Korean society are radically heterogeneous in origin: some echo feudal structures of the pre-modem Chosun Dynasty, which lasted through the 1890s. Others stem from institutions of Japanese colonial rule(1905-1945), from the American military occupation of 1945-1948, from the corrupt autocracy of Syngman Rhee(1948-1960) or from the "developmental dictatorships" that ruled Korea by military decree from 1961 until only a few years ago. In the quasi-pluralistic Korean society of today, a commerce-centered network of relations interacts with oligarchical structures deeply rooted in recent as well as remote history. Confronted with unprecedented challenges, internal and external, Korea presently is in a period of transition, groping its way toward democratization while trying to maintain momentum for sustained economic development.