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Political sophistication and partisan cues : Insight from South Korea’s 2002 presidential election

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  • Political sophistication and partisan cues
  • Kim, Do-Kyung
  • University of Tennessee


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Title Political sophistication and partisan cues
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Insight from South Korea’s 2002 presidential election

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Kim, Do-Kyung

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Knoxville:University of Tennessee

Date 2006-05
Pages 188
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 University of Tennessee

Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation is to study the effects of political sophistication on the use of partisan cues in the 2002 South Korean presidential election. Many scholars in recent years have argued that it does not matter so much that many voters are poorly informed about politics because they can use information shortcuts or heuristic cues to overcome the lack of information and still make a reasoned choice. Based on these studies, much of the political sophistication literature in political science assumes that the use of party cues in the voting booth is the hallmark of an unsophisticated voter. Although this idea is nice in theory, it is not supported by empirical evidence. Thus, I examine the relationship between political sophistication and the use of partisan cues in Korea. Simultaneously, this study tests whether the levels of political sophistication differ in regard to voter turnout and candidate choice. (The rest omitted)