The Failure of Socialism in South Korea : 1945-2007.

By: Kim, YunjongMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandRoutledge Advances in Korean Studies: Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2015Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (207 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317428879Subject(s): Democracy -- Korea (South) -- History | Korea (South) -- Politics and government | Socialism -- Korea (South) | Socialist parties -- Korea (South) -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Failure of Socialism in South Korea : 1945-2007DDC classification: 320.531095195 LOC classification: DS917.35 .K384 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of tables -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 Challenging the conventional approach -- 2 Social democracy in the core and periphery -- 3 Socialism in the liberation period (1945-50) -- 4 The Cold War and its impact on socialism (1950s-1960s) -- 5 Socialism under the military dictatorship (1962-87) -- 6 The new Left and the revived socialism (1987-99) -- 7 The Democratic Labour Party (2000-07) -- Conclusion -- List of interviewees -- Bibliography -- Appendix 1: chronology of the Park regime's anti-constitutional (or anti-democratic) campaigns -- Appendix 2: outcome of the thirteenth presidential election, 1988 -- Index.
Summary: Despite the fact that socialist parties have proved to be a major political force across the world, this has not been the case in Asian countries. Socialism in South Korea is a quintessential example of this failure. Despite the existence of a socialist party and what would seem to be the right conditions for development, the Korean socialist tendency has failed to become a meaningful force in politics. This book explores why and under what conditions Korean socialism has failed to develop into a social democrat movement in the post-war period. Within the context of the integration of structural and agency factors, it goes beyond the generally accepted view that the left failed because of suppression by the state and proffers that the real reason why socialism failed lay with its inability to develop beyond revolutionary socialism and build a more pragmatic social democracy that could develop a broad alliance within Korean society. Also drawing on examples from Western Europe and Latin America, where left-wing forces have achieved power, this book will be of huge interest not only to students and scholars of Asian and Korean politics, but also socialism, comparative and international politics alike.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of tables -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 Challenging the conventional approach -- 2 Social democracy in the core and periphery -- 3 Socialism in the liberation period (1945-50) -- 4 The Cold War and its impact on socialism (1950s-1960s) -- 5 Socialism under the military dictatorship (1962-87) -- 6 The new Left and the revived socialism (1987-99) -- 7 The Democratic Labour Party (2000-07) -- Conclusion -- List of interviewees -- Bibliography -- Appendix 1: chronology of the Park regime's anti-constitutional (or anti-democratic) campaigns -- Appendix 2: outcome of the thirteenth presidential election, 1988 -- Index.

Despite the fact that socialist parties have proved to be a major political force across the world, this has not been the case in Asian countries. Socialism in South Korea is a quintessential example of this failure. Despite the existence of a socialist party and what would seem to be the right conditions for development, the Korean socialist tendency has failed to become a meaningful force in politics. This book explores why and under what conditions Korean socialism has failed to develop into a social democrat movement in the post-war period. Within the context of the integration of structural and agency factors, it goes beyond the generally accepted view that the left failed because of suppression by the state and proffers that the real reason why socialism failed lay with its inability to develop beyond revolutionary socialism and build a more pragmatic social democracy that could develop a broad alliance within Korean society. Also drawing on examples from Western Europe and Latin America, where left-wing forces have achieved power, this book will be of huge interest not only to students and scholars of Asian and Korean politics, but also socialism, comparative and international politics alike.

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Yunjong Kim is a South Korean born practical political scientist. He is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the Northern University of Malaysia.

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