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Law and Democracy in South Korea: Democratic Development Since 1987

Dae-Kyu Yoon
Law and Democracy in South Korea: Democratic Development Since 1987
ISBN: 978-89-8421-300-5
$39.95
2010/289 pages
Explorations in Korean Studies
Distributed for the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University

"A must-read for anyone with an interest in Korean history, Korean law and society, and more generally how a society can transform itself from within from a brutal military dictatorship to a flourishing democracy."—Benjamin Hughes, JoongAng Daily

DESCRIPTION

The sweeping changes that have taken place in South Korea's governing institutions since the adoption of a new constitution in 1987 have affected and even transformed many aspects of Korean society. Dae-Kyu Yoon adopts a legal perspective to explore the trajectory of the country's democratic consolidation. Ranging from processes to structures to issues of social justice, he sheds important light on the role of law in democratic development.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dae-Kyu Yoon is professor of law and vice president at Kyungnam University, South Korea. He is author of Law and Political Authority in South Korea and editor of Recent Transformations in Korean Law and Society

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • HISTORICAL REVIEW.
  • Pre-1987 Politics and Law: A Historical Review.
  • A Paradigm Shift: Politics and Law After 1987.
  • THE NEW POLITICAL PROCESS.
  • Electoral Reform.
  • The Fight Against Corruption.
  • Enhanced Transparency in the Political Process.
  • THE TRANSFORMATION OF POLITICAL STRUCTURES.
  • Normalization and the Separation-of-Powers Principle.
  • An Independent Judiciary and Judicial Reform.
  • Judicial Activism and the Constitutional Court.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.
  • Rectifying Past Wrongs.
  • Creation of the National Human Rights Commission.
  • The Criminal Process.
  • Protection of Social Minorities and the Indigent.
  • Labor Law and Labor Rights.
  • The Status of Women.
  • INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS.
  • New Approaches Toward North Korea: From Archenemy to Brotherhood.
  • CONCLUSION.  
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