Politics in the Trenches: A Field Report from the 20th National Assembly Election

Jacob Reidhead
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
10,000 won for non-members and 5,000 won for students (with student ID); free for members

Extensive field work in the lead up to the 20th National Assembly Election (April 13, 2016) uncovers a complex system of games, gambits, and intrigue that occur out of the public eye, long before Korea's voters ever take to the voting booths. This talk will highlight the (not all negative) impacts and interactions of three informal structures, 1) camps, 2) factions, and 3) nomination patronage, on contemporary Korean electoral politics.

Jacob Reidhead is currently conducting dissertation fieldwork for his PhD in Sociology at Stanford University. Prior to that he studied North Korean human rights organizations (NKHRO) in South Korea as a Fulbright junior research fellow, and before that spent five months in North Korea as a food monitor for Mercy Corps.

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