South Korea in 2012: An election year under rebalancing challenges

Yul Sohn, Won Taek Kang

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An election year in South Korea witnessed a rise in deep discontent and distrust with the current political system that failed to address a growing demand for rebalancing in both domestic and foreign policies. Conservative successes led by Park Geun-hye in two elections demonstrate that South Korean voters do not support the opposition's promise for radical reform. But the most significant message of the 2012 elections was that existing party politics could not be sustained without some fundamental political reforms, expressed by the "Ahn syndrome" yearning for new politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-205
Number of pages8
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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