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Author Kim, HeeMin.

Title Korean democracy in transition : a rational blueprint for developing societies / HeeMin Kim
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (135 pages) : illustrations
Series Asia in the new millennium
Asia in the new millennium.
Contents Rational choice, area expertise, and democratic transition in developing societies: a theoretical framework -- Kims' dilemma and the politics of rivalry: an analysis of the democratic opening and the 1987 presidential election -- Building a new party system: the 1990 party merger -- A theory of government-driven democratization: the Kim Young-Sam years -- Party preferences and institutional choices: a search for a new electoral system -- Uncertainty in foreign policy making: changing relations among South Korea, North Korea, and the United States of America in the twenty-first century -- A risky game to play: the politics of the impeachment game in 2004 -- Concluding remarks
Summary As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations. In Korean Democracy in Transition: A Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies, HeeMin Kim evaluates the past thirty years of political change in South Korea, including the decision of the authoritarian government to open up the political process in 1987 and the presidential impeachment of 2004. Kim uses rational choice theory-which holds that individuals choose to act in ways that they think will give them the most benefit for the least cost-to explain events central to South Korea's demo
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-130) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Democracy -- Korea (South) -- History.
Democratization -- Korea (South) -- History.
Korea (South) -- Politics and government -- 1960-1988.
Korea (South) -- Politics and government -- 1988-2002.
Korea (South) -- Politics and government -- 2002-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813129958 (electronic bk.)
9780813129952 (electronic bk.)