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Reputation Factors and Effectiveness among Environmental Civil Society Organizations in Korea

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2013, 24(2), pp.703-725
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Roh, Sungmin 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper explores the global trend of civil society collaboration with government, industry and universities for sustainable transformation of a specific environmental area or societal sub-system. On the basis of empirical evidence, this study suggests that reputation factors could be interpreted as the seeds of an emerging new mission for civil society organizations (CSOs). This study draws upon previous research, pilot studies, and interviews to introduce six reputational factors: individual reputation, organizational reputation, strategic reputation, political reputation, social reputation, and economic reputation. The quantitative results indicate that CSOs’ reputation factors affect policy process and policy values. Positive reputation is increasingly expected to play a key role in changing environmental values, as well as in generating concrete policy decisions to tackle the dynamic, complex factors fueling the sustainability crisis. To fulfill this expectation, it is essential that education, research, and societal contributions are seamlessly integrated into a combined response that is then promoted and reinforced in the activation of civil society. To this end, utilizing CSOs as a platform for social experimentation through collaboration and networking among the representatives of government, academia, and industry will contribute to learning and innovations for sustainability. The experience and expertise of CSOs is a particularly crucial ingredient when implementing multi-stakeholder collaboration with the public sector, which aims at triggering institutional reforms favoring innovation for sustainability and moving towards a green economy.

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