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Democracy and reform in Korea : A systems perspective

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  • Democracy and reform in Korea
  • Park, Hyo-chong
  • Seoul National University


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Title Democracy and reform in Korea
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A systems perspective

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Park, Hyo-chong

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[Seoul, S.Korea]:Seoul National University

Date 1998
Journal Title; Vol./Issue SNU Journal of Education Research:vol. 10
Pages 10
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 Seoul National University

Abstract

A reform process in democratic societies tends to generate a number of surprises, paradoxes, instabilities, and emergent properties. Taking advantage of the complex systems approach, this paper wishes to argue that the reform process occurring in democratic societies should be regarded as a self-organizing process. The policy implication is that a self-referential situation in which the political community as a whole can enact situations in which it is possible for it to experience the disappointing feelings corresponding to deficient social, political, and economic structures should be generated and exploited fruitfully. Moreover, the idea of self-organization has another implication for the reformists. The reformists' role is not to provide a blueprint of what the political community must eventually become, but rather to guide the community in generating self-referential experience by going through disappointing experiences which would break up existing structures.