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Democratization and the politics behind Korean E-government

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  • Democratization and the politics behind Korean E-government
  • Schopf, James C.
  • Hawaii University


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Title Democratization and the politics behind Korean E-government
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Schopf, James C.

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[Honolulu, U.S.]:Hawaii University

Date 2013-01
Pages 32
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < IT
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding Hawaii University

Abstract

Korea has become the world E-government leader, employing ICTs to improve openness, transparency, and accountability of government operations, yielding $1 billion in annual savings. E-government legislation would not have been possible though, with Korea’s prior democratization, which altered incentives facing politicians, making it riskier and more costly to abuse public office for private gain, while rewarding leaders for introducing reforms to reign in bureaucratic corruption and more effectively deliver public goods to constituents. This study demonstrates the constraining effect of democracy on corruption through objective, comparative statics analysis of industrial policy corruption and through examination of perception polls and experience surveys of corruption before and after the democratic transition. Application of process tracing techniques reveals that E-government was introduced as part of a broader democratically-motivated drive within Korea to reduce corruption and improve government policy performance.

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This research was supported by the Bisa Research Grant of Keimyung University in 2012