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The Participatory Government’s Decentralization Policy: An Evaluation and Lessons

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2014, 25(3), pp.1-33
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Seong-Ho Ahn 1

1대전대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The Participatory Government (PG henceforth) has been generally recognized as the most enthusiastic and strongest willed government about decentralization reform in Korea. However, the overall performance of the PG’s decentralization policy was disappointingly unsuccessful, notwithstanding some remarkable achievements including the launch of Jeju Special Self Governing Province and the introduction of direct democratic institutions at the level of local governments. The purpose of the paper is to evaluate and extract lessons from the PG’s decentralization policy. To this end, the paper begins with the arguments for decentralization reform in Korea. The paper continues to overview the background triggers, the operating framework, and the road-map of the PG’s decentralization policy. The fourth section of the paper addresses a series of counterattacks of the National Assembly against the PG’s decentralization initiatives. The fifth section of the paper evaluates the performance of the PG’s decentralization policy. The sixth section discusses the lessons learned from the PG’s decentralization reform experience. Finally, the paper concludes with suggesting a checklist for decentralization policy leadership.

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