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Elites and Political Power in South Korea

Byong-Man Ahn, President, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea and Professor of Public Administration
In Elites and Political Power in South Korea, Byong-Man Ahn examines problems related to Korea’s political and ruling systems.

He examines the Korean government in a global context and explores Korea’s cultural and political matrix. The author goes on to analyze political power, political parties and the elites in terms of their contribution to the ongoing cycle of dominance. An understanding of Korean government is developed, with particular attention paid to the unique pattern of its administrative system vis-à-vis those of other systems.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84064 971 0
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In Elites and Political Power in South Korea, Byong-Man Ahn examines problems related to Korea’s political and ruling systems.

He examines the Korean government in a global context and explores Korea’s cultural and political matrix. The author goes on to analyze political power, political parties and the elites in terms of their contribution to the ongoing cycle of dominance. An understanding of Korean government is developed, with particular attention paid to the unique pattern of its administrative system vis-à-vis those of other systems.

This well-balanced research of theoretical arguments and empirical analysis will appeal to scholars, public officials and politicians interested in Korean affairs, and also scholars and students in the field of Korean studies. A comparative perspective of Korea’s party politics and bureaucracy will be found here for those interested in East Asian affairs.
‘. . . this book significantly advances the understanding of the dynamics of Korean politics, filling a gap in the English language literature. For these reasons, this volume is certainly a recommended read.’
– Young Mi Kim, Asia and Pacific
Contents: Preface Part I: The Pattern of Research into Government 1. Korea and the Korean Government Part II: The Korean Political Culture and Bureaucracy 2. The Political Culture of Korea 3. Bureaucracy of the Chosun Dynasty 4. Bureaucracy under the Colonial Rule 5. The Post-Liberation Bureaucracy Part III: Transition of the Korean Government 6. Shift of Political Power 7. Change of the Government Structure 8. The Rulers 9. The Ruling Elites 10. Crucial Elections and the Cycle of Party Politics Part IV: The Dynamics of Intra-Political System 11. The Dynamics within the Administrative System 12. Dynamic Relationships between the Executive Administration and Politics: Intervention and Neutrality 13. Dynamic Relations between the Executive and Legislative Branch 14. Dynamic Relation between Politics and Economy Index