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Civil society after democracy : The evolution of civic activism in South Africa and Korea

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  • Fioramonti, Lorenzo; Fiori, Antonio
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Title Civil society after democracy
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The evolution of civic activism in South Africa and Korea

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Author(English)

Fioramonti, Lorenzo; Fiori, Antonio

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[Abingdon]:Taylor & Francis Group

Date 2010-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Civil Society:vol. 6(issue. 1)
Pages 14
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Holding World Congress of Korean Studies

Abstract

The phase of democratic consolidation can significantly impact the motives, dynamics and objectives of civil society. Its internal roles, dynamics and power balances are significantly altered by the advent of democracy, due to shifting resources, political opportunities, and a general reframing of goals and objectives. By adopting a definition of civil society as an ‘arena’ (which highlights the continuously evolving composition and leadership of civil society) and borrowing a number of theoretical dimensions from social movement theory (which underline the importance of resource mobilization, political opportunities and conceptual framing processes), the article shows that the advent of democracy has posed a number of challenges to civil society organizations in Korea and South Africa. Moreover, the consolidation of democracy has inevitably changed the nature of government-civil society relations. (The rest omitted)