Party Activists in South Korea and Mongolia: Programmatic Linkages and Policy Motivations

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Abstract

Party activists are important for building party-voter linkages. This study focuses on the motivations of these activists and the hypothesis that economic factors are associated with more programmatic and policy-driven platforms. I examine a novel comparative survey data set of party activists collected in multiple districts in South Korea and Mongolia to determine whether national economic development, the local economy, or individual income shapes activist motivations. The results challenge the economic account and, instead, shed light on the importance of party characteristics, such as party size, party ideology, and whether a party has its roots in authoritarianism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of East Asian Studies
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • party activist
  • linkage mechanism
  • third-wave democracy
  • South Korea
  • Mongolia
  • Motivation

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