Democratic government is still comparatively young in South Korea. This paper outlines the development of the constitutional and political structures since 1948, noting in particular the complex history of political parties, which are often closely tied to prominent politicians. The paper then reviews the current political situation under the Roh Moo Hyun administration and examines the broad array of presidential candidates hoping to succeed him. Crucial to an understanding of modern Korean politics has been the conflict between the industrialization generation and the democratization generation, which is still relevant today.
Lew, S. C. (2006). Power structure and recent political development in Korea (CAPS Working Paper Series No.171). Retrieved from Lingnan University website: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/capswp/81