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The Big Questions of Identity Crisis of Korean Public Administration

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2011, 21(4), pp.237-261
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Kim, Heung-Hoi 1

1동국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study tries to differentiate from the previous research which has focused on the derivative or symptomatic problems by shedding light on the root or fundamental questions of the identity crisis of public administration. The fundamental perils of American Public Administration include the schizophrenia, ahistoricity, technical instrumentality, and conservativeness stemming from founding legacy of politics-administration dichotomy. The agony of Korean public administration lies in the embedded nature of duplicate problems of American public administration when the idiosyncratic theories and institutions are planted on a foreign soil. The discontinuity and distortion of Korean public administration from Japanese colonial experience and Western influence in modern Korean history have reinforced the projected dilemmas of American public administration on Korean setting and paralylized our ability to keep Korean identity in administrative theory and practices. Policy suggestions and research questions have been developed to deal with the root and other derivative questions of Korean Public Administration.

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