The Meaning of Conflict in the Korean National Assembly

LSE PSPE Working Paper No. 4

39 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2007 Last revised: 26 Dec 2007

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Simon Hix

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government

Hae-Won Jun

Hanyang University

Date Written: October 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates the nature of policy conflict in the Korean National Assembly via a spatial analysis of its members' voting. We discover the main dimensions of conflict and look at the impact of institutions and members' preferences on their reveal spatial locations. We find that Korean politics is both similar and unique compared to most developed democracies. Like other democracies, voting in the KNA is policy based, yet constrained by strong parties and the strategic context of a presidential system. Unlike most other democracies, however, voting in the KNA is dominated by a geo-political security dimension rather than the classic socio-economic (left-right) dimension.

Suggested Citation

Hix, Simon and Jun, Hae-Won, The Meaning of Conflict in the Korean National Assembly (October 2006). LSE PSPE Working Paper No. 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1077757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1077757

Simon Hix (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Government ( email )

Northampton NN7 1NE
United Kingdom

Hae-Won Jun

Hanyang University ( email )

Seoul
Korea

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