S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.32 No.1/2 (2003)
Presidential Election and Social Change in South Korea
- Kim, Kyong-Dong
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- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.32 No.2, pp. 293-314
- Korea’'s presidential election of December 19, 2002, has baffled many observers. Sociologically, it must be understood in the context of major transformations in the wider society. This paper examines the claims made by some observers that attribute the election results to the revolt of the younger generation, and to the ideological split that surfaced in Korean society. By examining data on voting behavior, it is ascertained that age may have influenced the election results, however, regional divisions still made the most difference. The information revolution also had a significant influence on the process. Implications of these findings are discussed against the backdrop of broader societal changes, with some thoughts on the prospect of the new regime.
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