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Centralized Competition or Decentralized Cooperation?:A Study on Accountability in Governance of Public Employment Services

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2016, 26(4), pp.27-52
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Chang-Won Lee 1 MUNSEOK CHO 1

1한성대학교

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ABSTRACT

This research explores the types of governance to improve accountability in Korean public employment services(PES). There has been increasing pressure to restructure PES governance with the expansion of service participants including central ministries, local governments, and private agencies after the diffusion of new public management paradigm. We discussed four possible types of PES governance―centralized, cooperative, decentralized, market-oriented, and analyzed the PES service provision structure. The present Korean PES governance is the by-product of both ILO recommendation in 1920s and expanding participation of private employment services in accordance with the diffusion of decentralization and market-oriented managerialism. As a result, we suggest that it is required to change the mode of PES governance from monopolized centralization to centralized competition or decentralized cooperation.

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