2005 年 20 巻 p. 86-97,225
The major characteristics of the 16th Presidential election of Korea can be summarized as the three points. One is the weakening of regional voting, thus opening up the possibility of changes in Korean regionalism. Another characteristic is the widening gap between generations in terms of their voting behavior and political values. The third is the change in the mode of election campaigning, as internet emerged as an important instrument for campaigning.
The three points are closely related to one another. The weakening of regionalism is partly a reflection of young voters' changing values and voting pattern. The change in the mode of election campaigning is also related to young voters' changing values, and their willingness to participate actively in the electoral process. In this sense, one can argue that young voters' changing values are the cornerstone of all the major changes that occurred in the last Presidential election.