Inter-Korean Relations from a South Korean Perspective
This concluding chapter first summarizes the book’s main findings. Among these is that the norms underpinning domestic political debate over unification and inter-Korean relations were developed through a negotiated argumentative process that took place between dominant and dissident discourses. Put differently, the norms embedded in the discourses that inform domestic political debate over inter-Korean relations today are the legacy of South Korea’s turbulent political activist history and can thus only be partially understood through the more static concept of framing. Three central beliefs have largely determined the shape of this debate: unification, human rights, and democracy. The chapter then considers the dramatic changes in inter-Korean relations under Lee Myung Bak, 2008–2012, and concludes by discussing the future prospects for inter-Korean relations.
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