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Policy Making: Political decision making vs. Administrative decision making: On the nuclear phase-outs policy

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2018, 28(4), pp.1-29
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Byungjoo Song 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate the rationality of policy making on the nuclear phase-outs policy by the Moon Jae-In Government. This study evaluates the policy making process of the nuclear phase-outs policy by dividing the process into two criteria: the political decision making process and the administrative decision making process. Each process also bears evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria of political decision making are: appropriation of goals, fulfillment of democratic process through discussion and arbitration between stakeholders, and effectiveness of outcomes. The evaluation criteria of the administrative decision making process are: evaluation for safety of the nuclear plants, the long-term economy and equity of national energy policy, distribution of cost and benefits to the policy target groups, and behaviors of technocrats toward politicians. Based on my analysis with the aforementioned evaluation criteria, I conclude as follows. It is true that raising political questions about the policy of the nuclear power plant provides an opportunity for the whole nation to look back on energy issues based on strong political support. But more importantly, it should be supported by feasible administrative decision makings such as linkages with alternative energy sources, the economic feasibility of each energy source and its impact on the people, and short and long-term analyses of various uncertainties affecting energy policy decisions. If not, the political decision making is merely a political argument that can never be realized.

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