Intra-Party Politics and Minority Coalition Government in South Korea

TitleIntra-Party Politics and Minority Coalition Government in South Korea
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsKim, Y.
Journal titleJapanese Journal of Political Science
Year2008
Pages367-389
Volume9
Issue3
Abstract

This paper examines the internal dynamics of Korean political parties to understand why the minority coalition government of Kim Dae-jung suffered from political stalemate or deadlocks in the legislature. It shows that a focus on the size of the government in terms of a majority status in the legislature does not offer a convincing explanation of why the Kim Dae-jung administration slid towards ungovernability. Instead better insights come from an analysis of party organization, an aspect of party politics rarely examined through in-depth analysis. The paper shows that in terms of the key dimensions of organization (leadership type, factionalism, funding, linkage role) Korean political parties fail to connect citizens to the political system.

LanguageEnglish
DOI10.1017/S1468109908003186
Publisher linkhttp://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=2512464
Unit: 
Department of International Relations