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The Study on the Political Capital of Korean Women: With an Emphasis on the Roles of NGOs

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2007, 18(3), pp.93-114
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

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1평택대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the roles of NGOs over the formation of women's political capital in Korea. To inquire into the roles, various kinds of researches like books and articles regarding the subject are reviewed, to begin with, and a questionnaire survey is carried to 66 women politicians who have experienced in NGOs. And then, to analyze the questions, such research methodology as factor analysis and regression analysis are used. Several research findings found in this study are as follow: First, it appears that the women are likely to get the political capital by such factors as "conflict coordination", "citizen's education", and "protection of citizen's rights and interests". Second, among the political capital lessoned through participations at the NGOs' activities, political knowledge and attitudes they obtain as democratic citizens are relatively strong. Meanwhile, political skills learned from "linkage between individual and political system", "network building to articulate and aggregate individual interests" seem to be low its influences on the political capital. With political capital stored up, it seems very fortunate for the women to be able to access easily and effectively to political arena, and thereby, having an important effect on policy making. Therefore, this paper can say safely that as long as NGOs improve women's political capital, NGOs and their political capital can raise our democracy to higher status.

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