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Local governance and community power in Korea

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  • Park, Chong-Min
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Title Local governance and community power in Korea
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Park, Chong-Min

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[New York]:United Nations Public Administration Network

Date 2006
Journal Title; Vol./Issue KOREA JOURNAL:
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Development
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Abstract

This paper examines local governance and community power in Korea. It clarifies the following characteristics of local governance: the local government has remained functionally and financially limited despite its constitutional autonomy; the structure of local governance turns out to be largely fragmented and dispersed; local decisions are subject to tight central control; local electoral politics is increasingly nationalized; the local chief executive does not share local governmental power with other local political actors; economic interests and social identities at the local level are poorly organized and barely active; and local residents remain politically passive and hardly empowered. On the basis of these findings, it concludes that community power remains in the hands of the local government, especially the local chief executive, subject to central control and proposes that further local empowerment and civic involvement is essential for improving the quality of democratic local governance in South Korea