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Civic engagement and democracy in South Korea

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  • Civic engagement and democracy in South Korea
  • Kim, Sunhyuk
  • The Institiute of Korean Studies


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Title Civic engagement and democracy in South Korea
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Sunhyuk

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[Seoul]:The Institiute of Korean Studies

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Observer:vol. 40(no. 1)
Pages 26
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 The University of Hong Kong

Abstract

A comparatively high level of protest activities such as street demonstrations, strikes, sit-ins still persists in post-transitional South Korean politics. Wha t accounts for the persi stence of protest activ ities in South Korea? This paper probes this ques­ tion, utilizing PEDAK (Protest Event Data Archive Korea), a newly compiled database that stores 20 years' data (1988-2007) on all protest events reported in two major daily newspapers and two weekly magazin es published in South Korea. After reporting changes and continuities in the overall patterns of protest behaviors after the democratic transition, the paper con- templates several theoretical hypotheses to explicate the causes of the primacy of popular protest in South Korea's politics of democratic consolidation. This paper demonstrates how con­ frontational legacies, ineffective participatory mechanisms, and underinstitutionaJized political parties have aU collaborated to engender a democracy in which contentions and confronta­ tions, rather than consultations and compromises, have become a routine and the "rule of the game."