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Charismatic Politics of Another Sort: Personality Politics in South Korea

By | May 04, 2013

In unconsolidated democracies with weak party institutions, charismatic political figures have a disproportionately higher level of influence compared to consolidated democracies. Ahn Cheol-soo is one such figure. Steven Denney explains.

The Loved Republic: South Koreans and the Trusted State

By | April 26, 2013

Steven Denney returns with a blog about one Korean nation with two Korean states, and responds to a disputed question: which state is the most loved?

Toilets as Signifiers: Nuclear Power and the Korean Left

By | April 04, 2013

Sino-NK surveys the nationalist discourse and finds that progressives, like conservatives, support a nuclear-powered, “strong and prosperous” Korea.

South Korea: The New Nationalism in an Era of Strength and Prosperity

By | March 28, 2013

Sino-NK goes hunting for the new strand of assertive nationalism that has been slowly emerging in today’s era of “strong and prosperous” South Korea.

McCarthy Didn’t Die, He Went to Seoul: McCarthyism in South Korean Politics

By | February 21, 2013

Amid an ideologically-tinged news landscape, Steven Denney and Christopher Green translate a spat of name-calling aimed at progressive Seoul City mayor Park Won-soon.