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Accidental ActivistsVictim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea$
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Celeste L. Arrington

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453762

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453762.001.0001

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The Politics of Redress

The Politics of Redress

(p.187) Conclusion The Politics of Redress
Accidental Activists

Celeste L. Arrington

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter returns to several key themes raised in the Introduction and discusses areas for future research. It begin by considering the range of cases to which the arguments about the sequencing of conflict expansion best apply through comparisons of two recent redress movements in Japan and Korea and an example from France, another country with relatively centralized and elite-dominated politics. It then revisits the dilemmas entailed in political conflicts over redress and assesses the extent to which redress-related activism enhances governmental accountability. It ends by discussing some implications of the present research and directions for future inquiry. It highlights three themes: the importance of an interactive and dynamic approach to analyzing redress politics; the growing role of law and courts in political processes in Japan and Korea; and the changing nature of state–society relations in Japan and Korea.

Keywords:   Japan, South Korea, redress, conflict expansion, France, political conflicts, political activism, state–society relations

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