S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Journal of International and Area Studies Journal of International and Area Studies vol.23 (2016)
The Current State of South Korea’s Democracy
- Kim, Jung
- Issue Date
- Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
- Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.23 No.2, pp. 1-15
- This article endeavors to contribute to an understanding of the current state of South Korea’s democracy. With an innovative dataset from the Varieties of Democracy project, it first scrutinizes the state of South Korea’s democracy today from a cross-national perspective, showing the status of South Korea’s democracy is virtually at the bottom among advanced industrial democracies across all dimensions of democratic authenticity, quality, and depth. In addition, it confirms that South Korea’s democracy has continued to be eroded over the past ten years across all dimensions of democracy: its authenticity, liberal quality, participatory quality, deliberative quality, and depth. It concludes with the finding that South Korea’s democracy today is in an extremely perilous position.
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