[KS] New Issue

Korea Journal kj at unesco.or.kr
Fri Jul 25 00:49:01 EDT 2003

 The most recent issue of the Korea Journal (summer 2003) features two special topics: one is "Regionalism in Korea," the other "The 2002 Presidential Election." 

1. Regionalism in Korea 

This special issue examines how and in which context regionalism has unfolded in Korea by looking closely at the matter from historical, social and economical perspectives. While offering an analysis on the causes and effects of regionalism, the four articles tackle the implications of Korean regionalism in the era of globalization and regionalization. 

The so-called jiyeok gamjeong (or chiyok kamjong accroding to the MR system, regional sentiment) has taken root so firmly in Korea that it is nearly impossible to approach the issue of regionalism in a balanced and objective way. However, it should be noted that regionalism has both good and bad aspects. When we utilize the positive aspect, the "new regionalism" can play a significant role in developing Korean society and contribute to the improvement of the quality of life. The four articles in this issue stress this very point. 

ꋮ Kim Wang-Bae (Sociology, Yonsei Univ.) 
   Regionalism: Its Origins and Substance with Competition and Exclusion 
ꋮ Sonn Hochul (Political Sciecne, Sogang Univ.) 
   Regional Cleavage in Korean Politics and Elections 
ꋮ Kim Won Bae (City and Regional Planning) 
   The Evolution of Regional Ecomomic Disparities in Korea 
ꋮ Kang Myung-goo (Political Science, Ajou Univ.) 
   Decentralization and the Restructuring of Regionalism in Korea 

2. The 2002 Presidential Election in Korea 

For scholars engaged in election studies, the 2002 presidential election seems to have provided a good opportunity to rethink about election-related issues. Authors first demonstrate in this issue the differences and similarities between the 2002 election and previous ones, and follow up with analysis of factors influencing the election--unification of candidacy, the North Korean nuclear issue, SOFA revision, etc.--using several theoretical frameworks. These scholars also focus on, among other variables, the influence the media had on the election outcome in that the 2002 presidential election marked Korean politics' entrance into the era of media politics. 

ꋮ Cho Kisuk (Political Science, Ewha Womans Univ.) 
   Continuity and Change in the 2002 Presidential Election 
ꋮ Lee Kap Yun (Political Science, Sogang Univ.) 
   Vote Determinants of the 2002 Presidential Election in Korea 
ꋮ Lee Hyeon-Woo (Political Science, American Studies Institute, Seoul National Univ.) 
   Issues and Campaign Strategies in the 2002 Presidential Election 
ꋮ Hwang Kuhn (Mass Communication, Sunmoon Univ.) 
   The 2002 Presidential Election and Media Politics 
ꋮ Yun Seongyi (Political Science, Gyeongsang National Univ.) 
   The Internet and the 2002 Presidential Election in South Korea 
ꋮ Kim Yong-Ho (Political Science, Inha Univ.) 
   Political Significance of the 2002 Presidential Election Outcome and Political Prospects for the Roh        Administration 

 3. Other articles 

In addition to articles on regionalism and the election, two articles are expected to draw significant attention as well. One addresses the rational rendering of Confucian authority relation in Korea and the other paramilitary politics during the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGIK) period. The former is an attempt to answer how the ethical and formal principle of Confucian authority relations, ye, is rationally explained in various social instances, in terms of distribution of social resources. The latter aims to show the decisive role the U.S. played in the division of the Korean peninsula and the establishment of a reactionary anticommunist South Korean government, by focusing on the activities of paramilitary youth corps, including the Joseon Minjok Cheongyeondan (Korean National Youth Corps) and the Seobuk Cheongnyeondan (Northwest Youth Association), which were both backed, directly or indirectly, by the USAMGIK

ꋮ Lee Jaehyuck (Sociology, Hallym Univ.) 
   Rational Rendering of Confucian Relationships in Contemporary Korea 
ꋮ Kim Bong-jin (History, Jeju College of Technology) 
   Paramilitary Politics under the USAMGIK and the Establishment of the ROK 

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