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Korean Democracy in Transition: A Rational Blueprint for Developing Societies

HeeMin Kim


As Asian countries emerge as global economic powers, many undergo fundamental political transformations. This book evaluates the past thirty years of political change in South Korea, including the decision of the authoritarian government to open up the political process in 1987 and the presidential impeachment of 2004. The book uses rational choice theory—which holds that individuals choose to act in ways that they think will give them the most benefit for the least cost—to explain events central to South Korea's democratization process. The book's theoretical and quantitative analysis provide ... More

Keywords: political change, South Korea, authoritarian government, impeachment, rational choice theory, democratization, quantitative analysis, comparative politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813129945
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

HeeMin Kim, author