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Continuity despite democratization: Party law in South Korea

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  • Continuity despite democratization: Party law in South Korea
  • Mobrand, Erik
  • National University of Singapore


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Title Continuity despite democratization: Party law in South Korea
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Mobrand, Erik

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Singapore:National University of Singapore

Date 2014-08
Pages 24
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

Political institutions in most new democracies have their origins in authoritarian systems. Even when a country meets global criteria for a strong democracy, legacies of the authoritarian period may persist. This paper examines one particular institution in one context – party law in South Korea – in order to explore these legacies. This East Asian country is instructive because by any global standard it is a successful democracy. Party law was inherited from the authoritarian period. When the constitution was revised in 1987 in the most important step in South Korea’s democratization, party law was left untouched. This paper investigates what the party law did under authoritarianism, why it was not abolished with democratization, and how it has been used under democracy. The study has implications for thinking about the depth of the juncture that democratization represents and it exposes the limits of conceptualizing democracy in terms of universally-relevant standards.