Democracy

Scholarly Publications

South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

The Threats of Illiberalism, Populism, and Polarization

South Korea's Democratic Decay

July 2020

South Korea (hereafter Korea) is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression.” Both the spirit of democracy and actual liberal-democratic standards are under attack.

South Korea in 2016: Political Leadership in Crisis

March 2017

South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced a leadership crisis after revelations that she relied on a confidant with no official position for key decision-making in state affairs.

Other Publications

Unintended Consequences of Repression: Alliance Formation in South Korea's Democracy Movement (1970-1979)

December 2008

Unintended Consequences of Repression: Alliance Formationin South Korea’s Democracy Movement (1970-1979)Paul Y.

A Mandate with Caveats: Lee Myung Bak's Election, Politics, and Policy

December 2007

South Korea's Democracy Movement (1970-1993): Stanford Korea Democracy Project Report

December 2007

News

In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

May 2022

Just as the United States experienced a crisis of democracy under the Trump administration, South Korea underwent a democratic recession during President Moon Jae-in’s time in office. The...

South Korea Votes, Beijing Watches

March 2022

Anti-Chinese sentiment surges—especially among the young—in advance of the March 9 elections.

APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

January 2021

Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-...

Old Events

Are South Korean Liberals Truly Liberal?

January 28, 2021

To watch the recording of the event, click here.

The Politicization of the Judiciary in South Korea

December 4, 2020

This event is part of Shorenstein APARC's winter webinar series "Asian Politics and Policy in a Time of Uncertainty." Judiciary independence is explicitly prescribed in the constitutions of many...

Is Korean Democracy in Crisis?

October 12, 2020

In recent years, we have witnessed a worldwide trend of "democratic depression" in both young and established democracies, where the backsliding from democracy is facilitated by various forces such...

Projects

Stanford Korea Democracy Project

This project seeks to understand the emergence and evolution of social movements during the 1970s and 1980s in South Korea.
English

Multimedia

Wind of Change? South Korea under the New Administration

May 2017

Video and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC Korea Program colloquium, "Wind of Change?

Impeachment and After: What Does the Future Hold for Korea's Politics?

February 2017

Video and transcript from Shorenstein APARC's Korea Program panel discussion, "Impeachment and After: What Does the Future Hold for Korea's Politics?" on Jan.

Enhancing South Korea's Security: The U.S. Alliance and Beyond

March 2009

Two decades ago, South Korea appeared on the path to greatly increased security. The Cold War was ending, fundamentally improving South Korea’s regional security environment.

People

Photo of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology