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Review of structural and performance changes after the restoration of local autonomy in Korea

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  • Lee, Dal-Gon
  • Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)


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Title Review of structural and performance changes after the restoration of local autonomy in Korea
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Lee, Dal-Gon

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

Date 2003
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 17(no. 1)
Pages 19
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

Ten years have passed since the revival of the local autonomy system in Korea. After a 30-year pause, people began to elect their local council members in 1991, and the head of local government in 1995. This paper attempts to look at the structural changes and performance difference since restoration of local autonomy. The new system has produced several positive structural changes and beneficial performances. These include nationally decentralized power distribution, restructuring of local power structure, institutionalization of citizen participations. In each municipality, local council represents citizens demand and takes parts in a burgeoning system of local checks and balances. Customer-oriented administrative services, innovative administrative reform measures, and diverse new management techniques have also been undertaken. The local autonomy also resulted in several problems that include corruption and irregularities, concentration of power in a single figure, lack of leadership in council, internal conflict, projects and events that were window dressing and misallocation of budgets. In the policy areas, there are some indications of policy change. (The rest omitted)