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An Institutional Frame Analysis on Public Conflict: Focusing on the Gijang Seawater Desalination Project

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2016, 27(3), pp.147-176
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Kim Changsoo 1

1부경대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to analyse public conflict around Gijang Seawater Desalination Project in Busan Metropolitan city through institutional frame analysis. The findings are as follows. Firstly, Gijang area is located near in danger of being damaged by the 6 nuclear power plants. So it was very difficult for the residents to get desalinated water and reach an agreement in terms of internal-situational conditions based on the attributes of the community affecting the structure of action arena. Secondly, Lee Government's DAD(Decide-Announce-Defense) approach based on the deficit institutions aggravated conflicts and antagonism among the residents in Gijang regions. Thirdly, the frame conflict between the Busan Water Authority and will-be desalinated water-supplied residents made disagreements more deepened. Lastly, the related actors failed in building the consensus through mediation without any kinds of authentic discourse, and the litigation began. So I suggest that the revision of the unfair game rules about conflict and environment assessment, and the introduction of the fair-and-representative committee be needed for the mediation and consensus-building. I also suggest that cognitive conflicts about the economic validity of the desalination project, water safety for drinking, environmental assessment, and procedural legitimacy should be resolved through the revision of the unfair and deficit game rules.

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