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Understanding Korean Public Administration

Lessons learned from practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Kwang-Kook Park, Wonhee Lee, Seok-Hwan Lee


264 pages | 57 B/W Illus.

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Although much has been written about the Korean public administration, the international academic community has little knowledge about it as most of the literature has been written in Korean. This book aims to provide more accessible knowledge internationally by filling that gap, covering both the history and the current status of the Korean public administration. This book is a collaboration of many Korean public administration scholars and would appeal to those interested in the secrets of Korea’s rapid development in such a short span of time.

Each chapter covers historical contexts, key to understanding its public administration and an important aspect as Korea is a fast changing society. The book takes on a more pragmatic approach rather than to put the Korean experiences into the western theory. Each chapter therefore provides an extensive discussion on the lessons-learned and practical implications.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Public Administration in Korea: The need for sharing models in government reforms, Kwang-Kook Park, Wonhee Lee, and Seok-Hwan Lee Part I. Role of Government 2. Evolution of the Developmental State and Government Capacity in Korea: Achievements and challenges, M. Jae Moon 3. The Role of Planning and Government in Economic Development, Jin Park 4. Korean Government Organization: The developmental state and its transformation, Keunsei Kim and Hyunshin Park Part II. Public Sector Management 5. Korean Public Personnel Management, Kyung-Ho Cho 6. Budget and Financial Management, Wonhee Lee 7. Performance Management in Korea: Prospects and challenges, Seok-Hwan Lee 8. Local Government, Young-Chool Choi 9. Roles and Reforms of Public Enterprises, Sang Cheoul Lee 10. Urban Development, Jong Youl Lee and Chad Anderson 11. Electronic Government, Seunghwan Myeong Part III. Accountability and Innovation 12. Administrative Control: Ensuring Accountable Bureaucracy, Sung-Jun Myung 13. Historical Review of the Anticorruption Policy in Korea: Progress and challenges, Kilkon Ko 14. Government Innovation, Kwang-Kook Park

About the Editors

Kwang-Kook Park is Professor at the Department of Public Administration, the Catholic University of Korea. His research focuses on organizational theory, government innovation, and cultural policy. He served as the President of the Korean Association of Public Administration in 2013. He has been the President of Korea Environment Institute since 2014. He has published numerous articles that have appeared in the International Review of Public Administration, the Korean Public Administration Review, the Korean Policy Studies Review, and others.

Wonhee Lee is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Hankyong National University and also Executive Director at the Research Center on State Owned Enterprise, Korea Institute of Public Finance.

Seok-Hwan Lee is Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration and Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea where he specializes in public performance measurements and management.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Local