Ban Ki-moon’s Idea of Leadership or the Candlelight Model for More Democracy?

Ronda Hauben

Ronda Hauben – Columbia University, USA


Abstract: The movement for more democracy continues in South Korea. Massive demonstration/festivals are occurring weekly despite having achieved the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye and the coming of cold winter weather. There is an understanding widespread among all sectors of the South Korean people. South Korean democracy most take new forms that will prevent the widespread corruption and the long-standing interweaving of the ROK government and the Korean corporations called chaebols. What new democratic forms  this movement will give rise to are not clear. But it is unlikely the current party structure and electoral system can survive.
After ten years at the UN Ban Ki-moon will return to South Korea in January. There will likely be a test of his vision of personal leadership versus the mass demand that something different is needed to move South Korea toward more democracy.
Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 27, March 2017,,, ISSN 1314-4464

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