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A Theoretical Study on the Residents’ Autonomy Committee for Local Autonomy and Active liberty

  • 인문논총
  • 2023, 60(), pp.23-46
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.60.2
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 31, 2022
  • Accepted : February 7, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

DONG-WAN GIMM 1 Song, Hyo-Jin 2

1경남대학교
2성결대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to broaden the discourse on local autonomy from its legal and institutional dimensions to a political level. The authors re-examine the local government policy program implemented over the past decade to enhance local autonomy. The research broadly categorises local autonomy into passive and active liberty, analysing the former through existing methods and exploring the latter for new possibilities. In particular, local autonomy as active liberty offers a new avenue for investigating citizen participation and community empowerment, which used to be confined within the legal framework. This situation supports the argument that community autonomy, such as the Resident Representative Council, goes beyond eliciting resident engagement at a neighbourhood scale. The authors conclude that community self-government offers a significant opportunity to enable vibrant local politics, bridge gaps in the law, and realise the active liberty of autonomy for both neighbourhoods and cities.

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