"Gridlock in the 18th Korean National Assembly." 2010. Journal of Korean Politics Vol.19(1): 123-145.
My dissertation project, Demographic Crises and Policy-Making in South Korea, investigates the political causes and policy consequences of population decline in South Korea. A so-called “demographic time-bomb” has become a major political issue in a large number of developed countries. As the share of the elderly has increased rapidly due to low fertility rates, scholars generally warn of its various negative effects on politics and economics. Yet, how exactly do population crises influence politics? What kind of strategies do political institutions choose in order to overcome demographic problems? How do citizens respond to such decisions? By focusing on distributive politics and immigration policy-making at the local level in South Korea, my research shows the importance of understanding political demography in explaining policy-making and its consequences.
"When Two Heads Are Better Than One: Population Decline, Representation, And Distributive Politics in South Korea."
"Threats or Opportunity? Balancing Issue Salience as Mainstream Party Response to Green Party Emergence."
Works In Progress
"Explaining Local Decisions on Immigration: Adoption of Marriage Immigration Policy in South Korea."
"Assimilation and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments in South Korea."
"Presidents and Their Parties: Party Strategies under Presidentialism." "Party Defection Voting in South Korea."