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The green growth policy of the Lee Myung-bak government : Policy integration perspectives for system transition

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Title The green growth policy of the Lee Myung-bak government
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Policy integration perspectives for system transition

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Seong, Jieun

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Seoul:Science and Technology Policy Institute

Date 2011-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue STI Policy Review:vol.2(no.2)
Pages 14
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Territorial Development < Environment
Holding Science and Technology Policy Institute

Abstract

S&T policy has been traditionally regarded as a sector policy; however, it is now evolving
into an infrastructure innovation policy that forms the foundation of diverse types of policies.
Simultaneously, environmental and energy policies formerly considered as sector policies are
now being expanded and integrated into a higher level policy for sustainable development.
With these changes underway, the importance of policy integration has increased. Efforts are
being made to minimize contradictions between environmental, social, and innovation policies
that emphasize proactive linkage among policies or place the highest priority on environmental
policy following the theory of Environmental Policy Integration (EPI). Confronted
with these policy changes, the Lee Myung-bak government announced “Low-Carbon Green
Growth” in 2008 as national agenda for development that focus attention on environmental
and energy issues. Economic policy and environmental policy have been traditionally
seen in a conflicting relationship with different paths of policy development. However, the
administration of President Lee is now emphasizing the synergy effects between the environment
and economic growth with the concept of green growth. The green growth policy of
the Korean government has great significance as it has built a momentum for incorporating
social goals such as environmental values or sustainable development into economic growthoriented
policies; however, there remain many challenges due to the legacy of the development
period that has dominated Korean society. The Korean government says it reflects “EPI”
or “environmentalism” in policy goals; however, in reality it prioritizes development over the
environment.

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