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Factions, regionalism, and national assembly nominations in South Korea, 1948-2008

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  • Reidhead, Jacob
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Title Factions, regionalism, and national assembly nominations in South Korea, 1948-2008
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Reidhead, Jacob

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[Stanford, U.S.]:Stanford University

Date 2015-06
Pages 58
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Science
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Abstract

Factions and regionalism structure party decisions regarding the nomination of incumbents to the South Korean National Assembly. Two mechanisms of incumbent transitions were theorized and tested. Less popular incumbents were found likely to cross both party and faction lines when running for a second term. The transitions of more popular incumbents were moderated by the degree of regionalism in their respective provinces. In provinces manifesting lower degrees of regionalism, popular incumbents were likely to receive their party’s nomination a second time. In provinces manifesting higher degrees of regionalism, more popular incumbents were found to cross party lines but remain within the same faction when running for office. The unexpected finding that popular candidates are denied their party’s nomination is believed to reflect the tension between local politicians and central party leadership, the latter wanting to retain their status and control over the party. (The rest omitted)

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