|Center for Social Cohesion Studies
In order for a society to move beyond a procedural democracy to achieve a full-fledged democracy, every citizen should have a chance to live a minimally decent life and take part in economic, social and cultural activities. In other words, "democracy after democratization" requires social cohesion and integration.
The Korean society today is experiencing an increase in social exclusion and income inequality. Mitigating social inequality and promoting social cohesion are essential to realizing a full-fledged democracy in Korea. In the course of pursuing these objectives, Korea is faced not only with the external pressures of globalization but also with the internal challenges arising from the country's transition to a post-industrial and aged society. Within this context, the Center for Social Cohesion Studies intends to explore strategic alternatives for Korea to strengthen its competitiveness as well as promote social cohesion. Major research areas include: aging, labor market and employment, education and skill-building, health services, and social security.