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A means of reducing corruption : Greater openness in public service recruitment system

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Frame of Image ed as lobbying channels. ○ One of the primary causes of Korea’s savings bank collapse was the hiring of former oversight agency officials and their prominent role in illegal lobbying.  The primary reason for the usage of former government employees as lobbying arms is to the close, personal ties between former and current officials, reinforced by the closed recruitment system. ○ The possibility exists that retired officials with close ties to current officials may be used as lobbying channels. ○ Closed recruitment practices were also implicated in a recent controversy over nuclear power plant corruption.
* This paper is a revised version of Jaehoon Kim and Hojun Lee, A Study on Recruitment Methods for the Public Service and Strategic Behaviors of the Public Servants (Policy Research Series 2012–03, Korea Development Institute, 2012), with recent data added to supplement the 2012 analysis.
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 In order to weaken the close ties between current officials and former officials and to utilize the skills of private sector experts in the public sector, it is imperative to adopt a more advanced HR system, expand the open recruitment system, and increase the number of private sector experts across all departments. ○ Open recruitment was introduced in January 2000, with 20 percent of the total senior official positions selected from a pool of candidates from both inside and outside the government. However, questions have been raised about the system's effectiveness in


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Title A means of reducing corruption
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Greater openness in public service recruitment system

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Jaehoon; Lee, Hojun

Publisher

[Sejong]:Korea Development Institute

Date 2014
Journal Title; Vol./Issue KDI Policy Forum:vol. 258
Pages 11
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Korea Development Institute

Abstract

Hiring former government officials can provide benefits in utilizing the accumulated knowledge, but also creates problems in that they can be abused as lobbying channels. One of the primary causes of Korea’s savings bank collapse was the hiring of former oversight agency officials and their prominent role in illegal lobbying. The primary reason for the usage of former government employees as lobbying arms is to the close, personal ties between former and current officials, reinforced by the closed recruitment system. The possibility exists that retired officials with close ties to current officials may be used as lobbying channels. Closed recruitment practices were also implicated in a recent controversy over nuclear power plant corruption. (The rest omitted)