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Administrative Reorganization and its Types: An Empirical Analysis of Government Organizations in Korea, 1948-2010

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2012, 23(2), pp.85-109
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Yoon, Joochul 1

1국회예산정책처

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ABSTRACT

This study defines several types of administrative reorganization and examines the factors empirically to determine each type by multinomial logit model. In Korea, between 1948 and 2010, a total of 159 central government organizations were established, of which 118 agencies have been reorganized. This study classifies these processes of reorganization into five types; complete abolition, separation, replacement, merger, and absorption. The political-administrative environment and organizational characteristics lead to different types of restructuring in central government. The results of this study reveal that, when the entire number of administrative organizations increases, government agencies tend to be merged rather than absorbed, and reorganization should be expected at the beginning of the presidential term. Following democratization (1988-), reorganization has been more merger-oriented. Meanwhile, in terms of organizational characteristics, organizations that have enjoyed longevity have not usually been separated, and larger organizations tend not to have been absorbed by other agencies. Above all, those organizations which have been reorganized are subsequently more like to be absorbed.

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