Korean Politics: The Quest for Democratization and Economic Development

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Cornell University Press, 5 Σεπ 2018 - 272 σελίδες

Extraordinary political and economic changes have rocked the Republic of Korea over the past fifty years. John Oh, a Korean-born political scientist, has written a clear and insightful account of government and politics throughout this turbulent period. His chronological and thematic study analyzes both the conflicts between authoritarian forces and populist/democratic elements and the nation's determined efforts to achieve economic growth.

In relating Korea's transformation to a democratic society and an industrial state, Oh explains how the country's politics and economy are interrelated. He covers the launching of the first democratic republic, the emergence of military regimes, and the growth of the middle class and the civil society. He also reveals the causes of collusion between political and economic groups which led to corruption, structural anomalies, and economic crises.

Korean Politics is the first English-language book to draw on original Korean-language sources including testimonies from the trials of former presidents in its analysis of their military-dominated governments. The book concludes with succinct discussions on the first peaceful transfer of power to an opposition leader, Kim Dae-jung. Timely and authoritative, it is an ideal classroom text and an indispensable reference on contemporary Korea.

 

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Oh, author of Korea: Democracy on Trial (1968), a standard monograph, here provides a lucid and sometimes dramatic story and analysis of overcoming aristocratic power, colonial rule, and military ... Ανάγνωση ολόκληρης της κριτικής

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1
1 Traditional Society
8
2 A Democratic Republic on Trial 19451961
24
3 The First Military Coup and Economic Growth 19611979
48
4 The Usurpation of Power and the Demand for Democratization 19791987
74
5 The Transition and Economic Problems 19871992
98
6 The Civilian and Democratic Government 19921993
120
7 Institutionalizing Political and Economic Reforms 19931995
138
8 Corruption the Trial and the National Assembly 19951996
164
9 A Leadership Crisis and the Economy 19961997
194
10 The Economic Crisis and the Presidential Election 19971998
220
Conclusion
240
Selected Bibliography
247
Index
251
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
257
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Ohn Kie-Chiang is Banigan Professor of Politics Emeritus at Catholic University of America and author of Korea: Democracy on Trial, also from Cornell.

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