The Sewol ferry tragedy revealed weaknesses in South Korea’s politics, economy, and society that had been sidestepped during economic development and political transition. The split in local elections, the Saenuri Party’s sweep in by-elections, and the installation of critics of President Park as leaders of the ruling party all underscore the public’s rejection of political stonewalling or politicking-as-usual.
South Korea in 2014: A Tragedy Reveals the Country’s Weaknesses
O. Fiona Yap is Associate Professor of Policy and Governance at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Canberra. She is currently working on experimental analyses of citizens’ responses to government corruption across East and Southeast Asia. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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O. Fiona Yap; South Korea in 2014: A Tragedy Reveals the Country’s Weaknesses. Asian Survey 1 February 2015; 55 (1): 132–141. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2015.55.1.132
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