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The Effect of Government Accountability on Crisis Management - A Case of MERS-CoV in Korea -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2018, 14(1), pp.1-17
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2018.14.1.1
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : November 22, 2017
  • Accepted : January 12, 2018
  • Published : January 31, 2018

Choi, Geun Ho 1 TAE HO EOM 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is concerned with government responsiveness and accountability during the MERS crisis in Korea. In this context, we explain the responsiveness of the government from technical, administrative and institutional perspectives. Then we discuss crisis communication during the outbreak, focusing on why the Korean government failed to manage at the institutional level. One of the main reasons of the failure was found to be insufficiency in technical and managerial responsiveness. For example, government agencies did not use crisis communication strategies or pre-event planning in technical and managerial level. A more fundamental reason, however, would be that there was very little emphasis on public health across government organizations. More specifically, governmental expenditure was allocated more to social welfare than public health in Korea.

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