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Centralized Managements of Government Property and Active Private Sector Participation: A Case Study in the UK’s Transitional Systems

Kim Go-Eun 1 Jeong Minki 2

1국토연구원
2셰필드대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research aims to draw up effective management strategies to address the South Korean government’s problematic inefficiency in a binary system for managing government properties and to promote private sector participation, thereby exploring the political-economic change in the UK’s management systems of government properties. With a new weave of Keynesian fiscal policy in the 1950s and 1960s, the UK government launched a national drive in which the Property Services Agency (PSA) managed, maintained and furnished the fragmented government properties located across the UK. The Thatcher government had privatized public services and split up the PSA, but the Government Property Agency (GPA), newly organized by the Cabinet Office in 2018, has taken back responsibility for centralized management, which was derived from its constitutional reforms that had been carried out since the privatization period. Thus, this non-departmental agency has strengthened centralized management by imposing not only controls over internal powers, but also external cooperation with the government departments backing private sector participation. At the same time, the GPA’s Government Hubs Programme has played a key role in linking government properties scattered across the UK and enhancing cooperation among the departments. By improving South Korea’s centralized management system that can be performed by an administrative body with inter-departmental governance and commercial expertise, this research suggests not only the fundamental need for centralized management which is facilitated by a specialized agency, but also communication and cooperation with the departments for carrying out government hub projects.

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