This paper was presented at ‘Rebuilding Public Administration’, which was promoted as a planning session of the Seoul Association of Public Administration in 2017. This study explored the problem of administrative reality and its solutions rather than the exact research paper form.
The relocation of the administrative institutions to Se-jong City was planned by the legislation of the National Assembly, and constructed, moved to and completed according to the policy enforcement based on it. However, there are so many problems such as the presidential leadership of the government, the relationship between the National Assembly and the administrative government, the nationwide distribution of administrative functions, the inconveniences of administrative officials, the difficulty of forming the Sejong City life zone, and the security of government offices. In order to correct these problems, the government will have to invest a great deal of efforts and costs to Se-jong .
It is necessary to relocate the Se-jong government office to the Seoul metropolitan area. First, it is absolutely necessary to restore administrative power. Second, it is necessary to reconstruct distributed administrative power. If President, the Blue House, the Seoul Government Complex, the Se-jong Government Complex, the Gwa-cheon Government Complex, and the Dae-jeon Government Complex are gathered together, administrative inefficiency and excessive cost waste can be solved. Only then we will be able to expect to promote communication and cooperation among President, government officials and ministries. Third, it is more important to boost the morale and vitality of public officials. Fourth, it is necessary to re-establish administration as the center of national government. We must overcome excessive political dominance, and therefore balance the relationship between the National Assembly and the administration, normalize relationship and smooth communication. Fifth, the administration-centered long-term national governance structure should be re-established. Sixth, in order to reestablish the right geographical location of the administration, it is necessary to move administrative capital to Seoul metropolitan area again.