Scholarship on Taiwan’s democratization has drawn attention to the roles of local actors connected to elections. Research on South Korea’s democratization has not. An examination of the contributions of local and electoral actors to South Korea’s democratization, when viewed against Taiwan’s experience, reveals contrasting trajectories of political development in these two seemingly-similar democracies. Democratization has had a deeper impact on parties and elections in Taiwan than in South Korea. The comparison illustrates key themes of this volume, in particular the variable relationship between formal state institutions and actual politics.
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