South Korea since 1980

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This book examines the changes in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy in South Korea since 1980. Starting with a brief description of its history leading up to 1980, this book deals with South Korea's transition to democracy, the stunning economic development achieved since the 1960s, the 1997 financial crisis and the economic reforms that followed, and concludes with the North Korean nuclear crisis and foreign relations with regional powers. The theoretical framework of this book addresses how democratization affected all of these dimensions of South Korea. For instance, democratization allowed for the more frequent alternation of political elites from conservative to liberal and back to conservative. These elites initiated different policies for dealing with North Korea and held different views on South Korea's role in its alliance with the United States. Consequently, ideological divides in South Korean politics became more stark and the political process more combative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521743532
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: World Since 1980 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,143,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Uk Heo is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a Korean native and has widely written on Korean politics and security. His work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Armed Forces and Society, Asian Survey, and others. He is a former President of the Association of Korean Political Studies.

Terence Roehrig is an Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of two books, From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea (2006) and The Prosecution of Former Military Leaders in Newly Democratic Nations: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea (2002), and a coeditor of Korean Security in a Changing East Asia (2007). Professor Roehrig has published numerous articles and book chapters on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Korean and East Asian security issues, deterrence theory, the U.S.-South Korea alliance, human rights, and transitional justice. Professor Roehrig is a former President of the Association of Korean Political Studies.

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Table of Contents

1 Politics, Economics, and Foreign Relations before 1980 1

2 From Dictatorship to Democracy 28

3 Democratic Consolidation and Social Change 51

4 Economic Development and Financial Crisis 78

5 Economic Reform and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement 104

6 Inter-Korean Relations and the North Korean Nuclear Crisis 129

7 The South Korea-U.S. Alliance 157

8 South Korea and the Regional Powers 183

Selected Bibliography 209

Index 213

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