Local, National, and International Determinants of Truth Commission: The South Korean Experience

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Title Local, National, and International Determinants of Truth Commission: The South Korean Experience
Author Kim, Hun Joon
Journal Name Human Rights Quarterly
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Abstract In recent years, the number of truth commissions in countries around the world has continued to increase, and their scope and functions have become much broader. There is, however, still a need for a comprehensive theoretical framework that will enable scholars to explain the truth commission phenomenon. In this article, I will outline a new theoretical framework that combines social movement theory and transnational advocacy networks theory. I will then apply this framework to the South Korean truth commission experience, and analyze in detail the process that enabled local activists to successfully push for the creation of the first South Korean truth commission in 2000. Based on the South Korean case, I find that, first of all, important national and international factors would not have come into play if not for the persistent struggle of local activists. Second, I find that local activists were able to make optimal use of these national and international opportunity structures to pursue their goals through various timely and effective strategies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/human_rights_quarterly/v034/34.2.kim.html
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, Vol.34(3), Aug, 2012, pp.726-750. Reprinted with permission by The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Volume 34
Issue Number 3
Page from 726
Page to 750
ISSN 0275-0392
Date Accessioned 2012-08-03
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject International Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47681
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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