This study takes a cultural approach to examine the unstable and contentious nature of Korean democracy. Analyzing an original nationwide survey conducted in 2015, we find that the democratic and participatory culture of the Korean people underlies Korean democracy. This finding suggests substantial tension between the participatory orientation of the public and Korean representative democracy.
Youngho Cho, Mi-son Kim, Yong Cheol Kim; Cultural Foundations of Contentious Democracy in South Korea: What Type of Democracy Do Korean Citizens Prefer?. Asian Survey 1 April 2019; 59 (2): 272–294. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2019.59.2.272