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Korean Democracy in TransitionA Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies$
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HeeMin Kim

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129945

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129945.001.0001

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Kims’ Dilemma and the Politics of Rivalry

Kims’ Dilemma and the Politics of Rivalry

An A nalysis of the Democratic Opening and the 1987 Presidential Election

(p.5) 2 Kims’ Dilemma and the Politics of Rivalry
Korean Democracy in Transition

HeeMin Kim

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at two seemingly strange events which occurred before the presidential election in South Korea in 1987. This chapter attempts to analyze, from the rational choice framework, the seemingly irrational action of the candidate of the governing party agreeing to a direct presidential election, and the opposition candidates' failing to take this opportunity to win the presidency. The chapter also discusses the historical events that led up to the events of the 1987 presidential election.

Keywords:   presidential election, South Korea, 1987, rational choice framework, direct presidential election, historical events

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