TITLE

SOUTH KOREA'S ELITE SETTLEMENT AND DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION

AUTHOR(S)
Burton, Michael G.; Ryu, Jai P.
PUB. DATE
June 1997
SOURCE
Journal of Political & Military Sociology;Summer97, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Scholars overwhelmingly agree that Korean democracy remains unconsolidated, and most are pessimistic about the prospects for consolidation. However, such scholars have not considered how Korea's democratic transition path may have affected the consolidation process, and their criteria of consolidation are ambiguous. Applying an elite-centered theoretical framework, the article contends that the democratic transition in 1987 was accompanied by an elite settlement which involved a fundamental transformation of elite relations from disunity to consensual unity, and that elite consensual unity has subsequently been solidified in a number of ways. threatened by such a monumental challenge. It is impossible to know how the eventual resolution of the peninsula's north-south division will occur and what impact it will have on South Korea's elite structure. But a sudden collapse of the North Korean regime and mass migration to the south or a military attack from the north could conceivably bring the South Korean military back to the center stage.
ACCESSION #
11160812

 

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