South Korea since 1980

South Korea since 1980

by Uk Heo, Terence Roehrig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521743532

ISBN-13: 9780521743532

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

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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:
06/28/2010
Series:
World Since 1980 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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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