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Analysing policy variation in local government : An empirical study of social policies in Korean local government

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  • Analysing policy variation in local government
  • Lee, Jong Soo
  • University of Sheffield


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Title Analysing policy variation in local government
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An empirical study of social policies in Korean local government

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Lee, Jong Soo

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[Sheffield, U.K.]:University of Sheffield

Date 1993-02
Pages 313
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development
Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding University of Sheffield

Abstract

This thesis explores policy variation in local government. The main purpose of the research is twofold; to examine the methodological issues in the analysis of policy variation in local government; and to further our understanding of Korean local government, which has been undergoing sweeping changes in recent years. In the first half of this thesis the distinction between output and process approaches is examined and reformulated in theoretical and methodological terms. Output studies are reclassified into four modes of explanation: socioeconomic analysis, political studies, urban hierarchy theory and incrementalism. A general model based on British literature is established for a process approach consisting of three dimensions: political leadership, administrative process and social inputs. The second half of the study examines local social policy-making in Korea with the aim of assessing the working of the newly-launched Korean local government system. A two-stage method is developed in the research design.(The rest omitted)