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Simon Hix and Hae-Won Jun, "Party Behaviour in the Parliamentary Arena: The Case of the Korean National Assembly," Party Politics, 15 (November 2009), 667-694. [Available at http://ppq.sagepub.com/content/vol15/issue6.]

First paragraph:
On which policy issues do parties compete or coalesce in democracies? This is a relatively established research question in political science. Yet, it has mainly been answered by looking at how parties behave in the electoral and governmental arenas, for example by looking at party positions in election manifestos or the process of government formation (e.g. Budge and Keman, 1990; Budge et al., 2001). Until recently, less attention has been paid to how parties behave in the parliamentary arena.

Figures and Tables:
Table 1. Elections and make-up of the 16th and 17th Korean National Assemblies
Table 2. Distribution of vote-splits in the 16th and 17th Korean National Assemblies
Table 3. Dimensionality in the KNA compared to other parliaments, using NOMINATE
Figure 1. Two-dimensional map of the 16th KNA
Figure 2. Two-dimensional map of the 17th KNA
Table 4. Determinants of members' NOMINATE locations in KNA16
Table 5. Determinants of members' NOMINATE locations in KNA17
Figure 3. The party effect: KNA members' preferences and voting behaviour
Appendix. Descriptive statistics

Last Paragraph:
Overall, looking at parliamentary voting inside the Korean National Assembly reveals some interesting things about the nature of party behaviour in an emerging democracy with a presidential system of government. As rollcall voting data become increasingly available from parliaments in Europe, Latin America, Asia and elsewhere, we should be able to investigate in more detail how voters' preferences and electoral divisions between parties are translated into politics and policy-making in the legislative arena in different party systems and under different institutional designs of government.

Last updated October 2009