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The reorganisation of local administration in South Korea : The debate on democracy and efficiency in local governance

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  • The reorganisation of local administration in South Korea
  • Hermanns, Heike
  • Inha University


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Title The reorganisation of local administration in South Korea
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The debate on democracy and efficiency in local governance

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Author(English)

Hermanns, Heike

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[Incheon]:Inha University

Date 2009
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Governance
Government and Law < Public Administration
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding International Political Science Association

Abstract

Local democracy is an important part of a democratic system, serving as a ‘school of democracy’ and offering citizens many opportunities of political participation. Although in recent decades, models of local administration focus on service provision rather than participation, local elections continue to be part of democratic traditions in many established democracies. In newly democratising countries, local democracy can serve as an indicator of democratic deepening. Korea’s century-old tradition of centralised administration ended in the 1990s, when (some) powers were devolved to lower administrative levels. A democratic layer in the form of councils and directly-elected heads of administration was added, greatly increasing opportunities for political participation and administrative accountability. The first fifteen years of local democracy have not been without problems, and criticism is raised regarding the (perceived) high costs and lack of relevance of local politicians. (The rest omitted)

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