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In this article, we improve the understanding of distributive politics by focusing on South Korea and its institutional and cultural settings that allow incumbent presidents to distribute various benefits to allies and rivals. We find that the distribution of pork to both allies and rivals results from his aspiration to achieve two objectives: first, to secure 'graceful retirement' and second, to achieve uninterrupted government operation during the term.

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By focusing on the case of South Korea, the institutional and cultural mechanisms can be more broader applied to important debates about how politics distorts distributive policy outcomes. This study also shows a statistically significant U-shaped relationship between vote and money in South Korea politics.

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This page is a summary of: The Presidency, Regionalism, and Distributive Politics in South Korea, Comparative Political Studies, November 2007, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0010414006298900.
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