The Future of Korean Democracy
South Korea's Democracy in Crisis | New Book Now Out
Co-edited by Stanford University's Gi-Wook Shin and Yonsei University's Ho-Ki Kim, this new volume from APARC traces the roles of illiberalism, populism, and polarization in the decline of Korean democracy and their implications for Korean society and politics.
Analysis and Commentary
In the News
President Yoon Says He's Late Learner on Gender Equality – The Korea Times, May 29, 2022
Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-U.S. Summit? – The Diplomat, May 17, 2022
Preserving and Promoting South Korea's Democracy and Freedom under New President Yoon Suk-yeol – Arirang TV, May 12, 2022
Yoon Suk-yeol, the Anti-feminist President Who Wants to Bring South Korea Back to the "Conservative Norm" – France Info, May 10, 2022
From Kim-Trump Summits to Missile Tests: The Failures of South Korea's Moon – AFP, May 5, 2022
Blue House Brawl: South Korea Spars Over Where Next President Will Live – The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2022
Yoon’s Victory Brings Sigh of Relief in US, Japan – Asia Times, March 11, 2022
South Korea’s New President Weaponizes Anti-Feminism to Win Election – The New Statesman, March 10, 2022
South Korea’s new president could change the country’s relations with U.S. and China – CNBC, March 10, 2022
Stanford Professor Says He's Skeptical South Korea's New President Can Bring Unity to the country – CNBC Squawk Box Asia, March 9, 2022
Anti-Feminist Political Novice: South Korea's New President Yoon – AFP, March 9, 2022
Young Voters Unimpressed with Presidential Candidates – Chosun Ilbo, March 8, 2022
'Sexism Exists': S.Korea Feminist Presidential Candidate's Lonely Crusade – AFP, March 7, 2022
Experts Urge Caution Against Taking Advantage of Anti-China Sentiment for Election – The Korea Times, March 7, 2022
Bitter Mood Has Given South Korean Elections a Nickname – Radio Sweden, March 7, 2022
South Korea’s Presidential Candidates Face Balancing Act Amid Rising Anti-China Sentiment – The Guardian, March 6, 2022
What South Korea’s Election Means for Biden and Democracy – The National Interest, March 6, 2022
South Korea’s Raucous Politics: Presidential Election Defined by Mudslinging and Scandal – Financial Times, March 3, 2022
South Korea Votes, Beijing Watches – American Purpose, March 2, 2022
Anti-Chinese Sentiments Surge Among People in Their 20s and 30s – Dong-A Ilbo, March 1, 2022
Anti-China Sentiment Runs High in South Korea During Beijing Winter Olympics – The Straits Times, February 18, 2022
Outlook for Korea’s Presidential Election – Arirang TV, February 10, 2022
The Beijing Winter Olympics in the Eyes of Koreans – VOA Chinese, February 10, 2022
Anti-Chinese Sentiment Raised Over the Beijing Olympics Could Affect China Policy – KBS, February 10, 2022
Anti-Chinese Sentiment May Change China Policy in the Next Korean Government – Yonhap News Agency, February 9, 2022
Click the tabs below for research and commentary by APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin on South Korea’s democratic backsliding.
In the Journal of Democracy (Vol. 31, July 2020), Gi-Wook Shin analyzes the symptoms and causes underlying Korea’s democratic backsliding.
Gi-Wook Shin joins Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz on The Impossible State, a podcast by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), to discuss his Journal of Democracy article, "South Korea's Democratic Decay."
"Korean democracy is sinking under the guise of the rule of law," writes Gi-Wook Shin in the South Korean magazine Shindonga.