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A Study on Interaction between Urban Managers and Public Opinion: A Case Study on the Establishment of Special School in Gangseo-gu, Seoul

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(2), pp.229-243
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.2.8
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : March 19, 2018
  • Accepted : August 7, 2018

Yoohoon Kim 1 Hee Tae Park 2

1서울대학교 지리학과
2서울대학교 환경대학원 환경계획학과

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ABSTRACT

This study applied the concept of urban managerialism to a case area in Seoul to learn the interaction between urban managers and public opinion that affect the decision making process in city. The main results of the study are as follows. First, public opinion that has grown since the democratization, such as the introduction of direct election, has become a subject that directly or indirectly affects policy decisions using various routes and methods. Second, urban managers recognize that their status and power to perform their role and duties are attributed to public opinion. It influences the allocation of urban resources. This enables non-urban managers to interact with process of distributing urban resources, so ‘indirect urban management acting’ by ‘non-urban managers’ can be realized. Third, urban managers are considering public opinion in the decision-making process, but they give priority public opinion that delegated legal authority to themselves. In other words, urban managers consider public opinion differently according to their identity and autonomy, and the distribution method of urban resources they choose is also different. This study has significance in that it has applied urban managerialism to our nation at present to identify the differentiation process of urban managers’ identity and it was conducted to analyze superintendents of education that has special characteristics compared to other countries.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.