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Mass Politics and Culture in Democratizing Korea / Edition 1

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This pioneering book offers a dynamic and global account of Korea's place in the current third wave of democratization. Drawing on a unique sample of six national surveys conducted in Korea since 1988, and richly comparative, the book carefully examines the evolution, contours and consequences of Korean democratization from the perspective of Korean people themselves and their experiences throughout the entire course of democratic change. Notably, the book characterizes and distinguishes Korea as a non-Western and Confucian model of democratization.

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"This is by far the best study in the literature of Korean democratization. It will be of value to a large global audience interested in democratic transitions." Bruce Cumings, Professor of International History and East Asian Political Economy, University of Chicago

"This is an exciting work, and quite the best study to date of the public opinion and politicalcultural dimensions of the democratic transition and consolidation in Korea." Professor James Cotton, School of Politics, Australian Defence Force Academy

"This is an outstanding book on Korean democratization by one of the best authorities on Korean politics. Original, comprehensive, thorough, insightful, and extremely compelling, this book will easily constitute a must for anybody interested in democratic politics in Korea." Sunhyuk Kim, Department of Political Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521658232
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Political System: 1. Uncertain dynamics of democratization 2. Human meaning of democratization; Part II. Average Citizens: 3. Commitment to democratic consolidation; 4. Citizen competence and participation; Part III. Representative Institutions: 5. Legislative assemblies; 6. Political parties; Part IV. Non-Western Roads to Democratization: 7. Consolidating nascent democracy; 8. Acquiring democratic orientations; 9. Korean democratization: problems and prospects.

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