A historical institutionalist approach to political party organization: the case of South Korea

Hellmann, Olli (2011) A historical institutionalist approach to political party organization: the case of South Korea. Government and Opposition, 46 (4). pp. 464-484. ISSN 0017-257X

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Abstract

The existing literature on party organization is deeply divided over the question of how much freedom of choice decision-makers in a party enjoy in relation to their environment. Although the resulting theoretical deadlock seriously weakens our understanding of party formation and change, no attempt has been made to reconcile the different approaches. This article aims to do just that by offering a historical institutionalist perspective on party organization. Studying the development of political parties in South Korea, it argues that party organizations are best understood as strategic responses to electoral markets. Party organizations reproduce and change, as advantaged factions defend the status quo, while disadvantaged factions work towards organizational reform.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration > JF2011 Political parties
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ1499 East Asia Including China, Japan, Korea
Depositing User: Olli Hellmann
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 13:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46521
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