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South Korea country report : BTI 2014

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Title South Korea country report
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BTI 2014

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Bertelsmann Stiftung

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[Gütersloh, Germany] : Bertelsmann Stiftung

Date 2014
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 years 2011 – 2012 corresponded with the last two years of the Lee Myung-bak administration, which was succeeded by the Park Geun-hye administration in February 2013. Economically, this period was characterized by a strong recovery from the world economic crisis, but politically by an unusually long lame-duck period that saw few important institutional or policy changes. While President Lee’s conservative Grand National Party (Hannaradang, or, following a 2012 name change, the New Frontier Party or Saenuridang) was able to defend its majority in the April 2012 parliamentary elections, Lee’s effectiveness suffered in part due to internal party opposition led by Park, his successor. Lee’s approval ratings during his last year in office fell to just 20%, undermined by unpopular policies and corruption scandals tied to his brother and mentor, who was sentenced to two and half years in prison in January 2013.(The rest omitted)

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This report is part of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) 2014. It covers the period from 31 January 2011 to 31 January 2013. The BTI assesses the transformation toward democracy and a market economy as well as the quality of political management in 129 countries.