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The Empirical Study on collaborative governance building during city-county consolidation: comparative analysis on consolidation process in United Yeosu and Jeon Ju-WanJu

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2011, 22(3), pp.69-94
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

kim lee soo 1

1전북발전연구원

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ABSTRACT

City-county consolidation is currently a hot issue in Korea. This article aims to empirically analyze processes of city-county consolidation using a collaborative governance approach. Collaborative governance processes and the city-county consolidation debate are briefly explained. The analytical framework partly refines Ansell & Gash's model, while YeoSu (United) City and Jeonju-Wanju are analyzed as cases.Collaborative governance processes are categorized into three parts. First, initial conditions, including the prior history of conflict or cooperation, and power and resource imbalances. Second, collaborative processes, including face-to-face dialogue, trust building, shared understanding, and intermediate outcomes, and third, facilitative leadership, which influences the whole collaborative process. The YeoSu (United) City and Jeonju-Wanju consolidation processes are compared through collaborative governance frameworks. The analysis finds that the Jeonju-Wanju consolidation process lacked collaborative governance processes such as face-to-face dialogue, trust building, shared understanding, intermediate outcomes, and facilitative leadership.Consequently, policy implications are deduced. First, while collaborative governance was effective in explaining consolidation among local governments, there are differences in collaborative governance factors during consolidation. Second, among political actors, facilitative leadership played an important role in consolidation.

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