Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol. 5, No. 2. 2005.
2005 Academy of East Asian Studies. pp. 183-217
Appraising the Quality of Democracy in South Korea:
From the Perspectives of Ordinary Citizens and their Daily Experiences
by Doh Chull Shin, University of Missouri-Columbia &
Chong Min Park, Korea University
democracy in Korea. What sort of democracy do the Korean people think its current regime is? What level of democratic quality does it display? We address these questions. The fourth section examines how well citizens believe their respective regime performs as an electoral democracy. The fifth section reports their assessments of their regime as a liberal democracy. To what extent do the Koreans think their recent regime has embodied the essential properties of liberal democracy? What particular properties do they perceive to be most and least lacking in the regime? The sixth section examines the distribution of liberal democratic properties across the various population segments and explores the issue of equity in democratic development. The seventh section explores the problems of liberal democratic development from the perspective of popular demand. The final section summarizes the three sets of new ideas we propose for a systematic assessment of democratic regime quality and highlights our survey research findings.
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