South Korea after impeachment

Gi Wook Shin, Rennie J. Moon

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After months of street demonstrations involving tens of millions, South Korean President Park Geun Hye was impeached in March of 2017. Some observers wonder if Korea's young democracy has succumbed to populist forces, lapsing into deinstitutionalization. By analyzing these events in the larger context of Korea's political history, we contend that they were not an attack on democratic institutions, but rather a movement to redress their violation by Korea's political elite. We further argue that protest-led reform is a familiar pattern in Korean politics and that what took place indicates not a crisis of democracy, but a step forward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-131
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Democracy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct

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© 2017 National Endowment for Democracy and Johns Hopkins University Press.

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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