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Bowling by the professionals : Development of civic advocacy groups in Korea

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  • Yi, Ilcheong
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Title Bowling by the professionals
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Development of civic advocacy groups in Korea

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Yi, Ilcheong

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[Fukuoka]:Kyushu University

Date 2006
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding International Political Science Association

Abstract

The paper examines the developmental trajectory of the civic advocacy groups and the nature of them in Korea in order to answer the question, `Under what conditions can civic groups, in particular advocacy-oriented groups, develop and overcome interference from the outside?` . In Korea, the active involvement of advocacy groups in politics since the 1990s has contributed to consolidating participatory democracy. The Korean case, therefore, can be regarded as strong empirical evidence confirming a pluralist political thesis that a “vigorous civil society strengthens democracy and vice versa”; mutual development of political democracy and civil society. Civic groups which have championed the consolidation of democracy, particularly since the 2002 presidential election, however, began to show such problems as the loss of political autonomy, bogus civic groups seeking political rents, cronyism in civic organizations, and financial instability of the organisations. (The rest omitted)