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Consolidating democracy in Korea: Economy as impetus, corruption as issue

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  • Consolidating democracy in Korea: Economy as impetus, corruption as issue
  • Yap, O. Fiona
  • Institute of Korean Studies


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Title Consolidating democracy in Korea: Economy as impetus, corruption as issue
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Yap, O. Fiona

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[Seongnam, South, Korea]:Institute of Korean Studies

Date 2013-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korea Observer:vol. 44(no. 4)
Pages 31
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Development
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Abstract

The issues that frame the dynamic exchange between citizens’ demands and the government’s responsiveness are significant towards continued consolidation in Korea. We contend that while weak economic conditions contextualize initial democratization in Korea, the pressures of economic performance ease as political trust grows with democratic progression. That is, weak economic conditions in open economies such as Korea are fertile grounds for citizens’ political challenges; with democratization, political trust buffers the political system from the pressures of economic performance. Systematic examination supports these arguments; however, the results also show that corruption corrodes political trust and the impact of corruption is increasing. These results are significant: first, it shows that democratization in Korea is robust to economic downturns, a useful insight in economic uncertainty. (The rest omitted)