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A critical analysis of the rationality of South Korea’s marine debris policy

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  • Jang, Yongchang; Song, Byungjoo
  • The Korean Association for Policy Studies


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Title A critical analysis of the rationality of South Korea’s marine debris policy
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Author(English)

Jang, Yongchang; Song, Byungjoo

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[Seoul, S.Korea]:The Korean Association for Policy Studies

Date 2013
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 4(no. 2)
Pages 23
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < Marine Development
Territorial Development < Environment
Holding The Korean Association for Policy Studies

Abstract

While the problem of marine debris continuously entering the marine environment is serious, the Korean governmental policy is not successful in dealing with this issue, as its policy focuses on collecting debris already at sea rather than preventing it from entering the ocean initially. The rationality of such a marine debris policy is critically analyzed in this study. In this study, analysis of the Korean government’s First Basic Plan to Manage Marine Debris>, launched in 2009, reveals that both its substantive rationality and procedural rationality are quite low. While many causes might explain the plan’s low rationality, the strongest reasons appear to be the tendency of incremental allocation of budget as well as poor cooperation among government agencies. As both these institutional factors are strongly established in the administrative culture of Korea, the potential to improve the rational design of a marine debris policy seems low.