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Determinants of the Ministerial Resignations in South Korean Cabinet, 1948-2013

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 25(1), pp.95-114
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Sung, Sea Young 1

1한국일보

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ABSTRACT

Ministers resign for a variety of reasons. This article empirically analyses ministerial resignations in South Korea from 1948 to 2013. Three sets of factors are hypothesized in relation to ministerial resignations. These are personal characteristics of the minister, political characteristics of the minister, and characteristics of the appointing president. The results of the analysis reveal all three sets of factors to contribute to ministerial resignations, suggesting that a significant number of variables create cabinet instability and feed into relatively short ministerial tenure in South Korea. Implications of the findings for theories of the relationship between ministers and presidents are also discussed.

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