Evolution of political parties and the party systems in South Korea

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


Understanding the origins and transformation of South Korea’s party and party systems is critical to making sense of the country’s main political trends, especially since democratization. Korea’s party system has been a moderate multiparty system with two main parties dominating the political landscape. Its key features are an overall low level of institutionalization and deeply-rooted cleavages such as regionalism and ideology, with generation, class and gender divides emerging in recent years. Political parties, often relabelled following mergers and splits before and after elections, remain largely leader-led and -centred, displaying considerable factionalism and personalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea
EditorsSojin Lim, Niki J. P. Alsford
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)9780367458201
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Aug 2020


  • South Korea
  • politics
  • party system
  • political parties
  • coalition
  • participation
  • elections
  • electoral system
  • leadership
  • Culture
  • political cleavages
  • regionalism
  • ideology
  • direct democracy
  • online activism

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Evolution of political parties and the party systems in South Korea'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this