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The 2022 Presidential Election in South Korea: The Politics of Resentment and Revenge Confirms Older Trends and Cleavages and Reveals New Ones

Dr. Youngmi Kim (Department of Asian Studies, The University of Edinburgh, UK)

Yoon Suk Yeol, the candidate of the People Power Party (PPP), won South Korea’s 20th presidential election on March 9, 2022 after a highly personalized and acrimonious electoral campaign whose outcome remained unpredictable until the very end. Yoon won by a mere 0.73 percent margin with 48.56 percent of the total votes. The election confirmed long-term trends prevalent in South Korea, such as the personalization of politics and intra-party factionalism, as well as the centrality of pre-electoral coalitions. Most notably, the decision of third candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, leader of the People Party (PP), to withdraw his candidacy and announce support for Yoon and a coalition between their two parties likely tilted the balance in Yoon’s favor. In addition, gender, generation, and class—new cleavages which have emerged in the past couple of decades—are replacing older political cleavages centered around region and ideology.

Dr Youngmi Kim is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her recent publications include ‘Mirroring misogyny in Hell Chosŏn. Megalia, Womad, and Korea’s feminism in the age of digital populism’, European Journal of Korean Studies, 2021), and ‘Mandalay, Myanmar: The remaking of a South-East Asian Hub in a Country at the Crossroads’ (Cities, 2018). She is also the editor of Korea’s quest for economic democratization. Globalization, polarization and contention (Palgrave, 2018) and the author of The Politics of Coalition in Korea: Between Institutions and Culture (Routledge, 2011).

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https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/zmta-7tur-3nkr-xnzt

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Prof. Dr. Anja Senz, Institut für Sinologie

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https://ostasien-aktuell.uni-heidelberg.de

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Ostasien Aktuell

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