Kims’ Dilemma and the Politics of Rivalry

HeeMin Kim

in Korean Democracy in Transition

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129945
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135748 | DOI:
Kims’ Dilemma and the Politics of Rivalry

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This chapter looks at two seemingly strange events which occurred before the presidential election in South Korea in 1987. This chapter attempts to analyze, from the rational choice framework, the seemingly irrational action of the candidate of the governing party agreeing to a direct presidential election, and the opposition candidates' failing to take this opportunity to win the presidency. The chapter also discusses the historical events that led up to the events of the 1987 presidential election.

Keywords: presidential election; South Korea; 1987; rational choice framework; direct presidential election; historical events

Chapter.  7305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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