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To understand the politics of South Korea, it is helpful to keep in mind the following four themes: During the Cold War, the authoritarian leaders often used the rivalry with communist North Korea as a means to weaken the opposition against their rule.
The mass movement of university students, intellectuals, an emerging consumer middle class, and other civil society groups was the driving force behind South Korean democratization.
Finally, the United States has played an extensive role especially during the early years of South Korean political developments ranging from national security, institution building, economic development, to democratization. The open and almost completely unregulated expression of views in South Korea can be seen as a proof of active civil society in a democratized South Korea.
General Overviews The best works that provide general overviews of South Korean politics can be found in books that address the modern history of the two Koreas.
OberdorferCumingsand Robinson approach South Korean politics in view of the intertwined relationship between South and North Korean politics and foreign relations. They address some of the most important shared historical experiences such as the Japanese colonialism, the occupation, the division, the Korean War, and the Cold War in general to highlight the origins of South Korean politics.
Oberdorfer in particular does a great job of recounting South Korean domestic politics in conjunction with inter-Korean relations and its relations with the United States. Of the books published on the topic of South Korean politics, Diamond and Kimand Oh make the best introductory textbooks for undergraduate courses.
Khil helps understand the basics for the political systems of the two Koreas. Yang is a comprehensive study of the politics and foreign policy of South Korea, written by a scholar and former ROK ambassador to the United States.
Kil and Moon is a good introduction to South Korean politics that covers major themes including culture, history, institutions, actors, democratization, political economy, and foreign policy.
A historical overview of Korean politics intended for a general readership. Diamond, Larry, and Byung-Kook Kim. Consolidating Democracy in South Korea. The chapters include discussions on party politics, civil society, labor issues, economic development, and electoral politics provided by leading Korea scholars.
Politics and Policies in Divided Korea: Boulder, CO, and London: Useful for grasping a basic background of how the two countries have developed distinctively different political systems. Kil, Soong-hoom, and Chung-in Moon.
State University of New York Press, A total of nine chapters discuss political culture and history, institutions, leadership, democratization, political economy, and foreign and unification policies. Can be used as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses on Korean politics.
Entertaining for the general reader, but also with interesting empirical evidence for the scholar. The Quest for Democratization and Economic Development. Cornell University Press, Uses the lens of the interplay between democratization and economic development.
The chapters are a little dense but can be useful for the undergraduate classroom as they pinpoint major themes. University of Hawaii Press, Offers a very balanced historical interpretation of events and therefore can be used as a college textbook.In there was a thaw in relations between North and South Korea.
Today the population of North Korea is 25 million while the population of South Korea is 51 million. A brief history of Japan. The foreign relations of South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) are South Korean relations with other governments.
The Republic of Korea maintains diplomatic relations with countries. The country has also been a member of the United Nations since , when it became a member state at the same time as North Korea. The foreign relations of South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) are South Korean relations with other governments.
The Republic of Korea maintains diplomatic relations with countries. The country has also been a member of the United Nations since , when it became a member state at the same time as North Korea.
The history of South Korea formally begins with its establishment on August 15, Korea was administratively partitioned in , at the end of World War II. As Korea was under Japanese rule during World War II, Korea was officially a belligerent against .
Relations between the U.S. and North Korea since the Korean war have improved, but in the last few years the possibility of North Korean nuclear weapons production has forced the U.S. to take an authoritative approach toward negotiations.
They include Korean politics in history, institutional setting of Korean politics, and dynamics of political culture in Korea, profiles of political leadership, myth and reality of the developmental state and the Korean economic miracle, and debates on Korean unification.