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Local government reforms in Korea : A transition from a marionette performance toward an elementary class day

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  • Local government reforms in Korea
  • Lee, Dalgon
  • Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)


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Title Local government reforms in Korea
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A transition from a marionette performance toward an elementary class day

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Lee, Dalgon

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)

Date 1997
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This paper deals with the recent reform-oriented measures in the area of national local policies. The just begun local autonomy in Korea now faces opportunities as well as serious challenges. The new developments are divided into four categories: 1) local politics and autonomy; 2) recent consolidation of local governments; 3) distribution of Government functions ; and 4) financial arrangement. The first section involves difficulties of independent local politics and local autonomy under strong culture of centralism. Local political elites are basically dependent upon the national politicians and the nomination as a candidate for local position is directly influenced by the central political machinery and national politicians. The last local election was severely hurt by national political issues. In addition, local animosties among several regions helped turn the political arrangement back to the old one, furthering the dependency of local politics. (The rest omitted)