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South Korea’s land reform and democracy

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  • South Korea’s land reform and democracy
  • Kim, Seong Bo
  • Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)


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Title South Korea’s land reform and democracy
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Kim, Seong Bo

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)

Date 2013-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Seoul Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 26(no. 1)
Pages 28
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < National Land Development
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This article aims to examine what sort of impact the South Korean land reform in 1950 had on democracy. I will mainly analyze (1) the international background, (2) legislation and execution, and (3) the change in relation between farmers and the state. In the context of the Cold War, this reform aimed to prevent socialist revolution by accommodating the demands of peasant revolution from the top. The land reform’s social democratic character was minimized in its legislative process. The reform played a critical role in establishing the socioeconomic base for the liberal democratic and capitalist system. The National Assembly’s management of the legislative process also provided a valuable experience for a procedural democracy. (The rest omitted)