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Local, national, and international determinants of truth commission : The South Korean experience

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  • Local, national, and international determinants of truth commission
  • Kim, Hun Joon
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press


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Title Local, national, and international determinants of truth commission
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The South Korean experience

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Hun Joon

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[Maryland]:The Johns Hopkins University Press

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Human Rights Quarterly:vol. 34
Pages 26
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < General
Holding Griffith University

Abstract

In recent years, the number of truth commissions in countries around the world has continued to increase, and their scope and functions have become much broader. There is, however, still a need for a comprehensive theoretical framework that will enable scholars to explain the truth commission phenomenon. In this article, I will outline a new theoretical framework that combines social movement theory and transnational advocacy networks theory. I will then apply this framework to the South Korean truth commission experience, and analyze in detail the process that enabled local activists to successfully push for the creation of the first South Korean truth commission in 2000. Based on the South Korean case, I find that, first of all, important national and international factors would not have come into play if not for the persistent struggle of local activists. (The rest omitted)