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Assessing Central-Local Government Relations in Contemporary South Korea: An Application of Page & Goldsmith's Comparative Framework

Title
Assessing Central-Local Government Relations in Contemporary South Korea: An Application of Page & Goldsmith's Comparative Framework
Author
유재원
Keywords
decentralisation; localism; central-local government relations; Page & Goldsmith's Comparative Framework; South Korea
Issue Date
2018-07
Publisher
INST LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT MARIBOR
Citation
LEX LOCALIS-JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT, v. 16, no. 3, page. 505-528
Abstract
This paper has two main purposes: first, it measures the level and degree of decentralisation in contemporary Korea, and, second, it explains why decentralisation is slow or stagnant. To measure the level of decentralisation in Korea, this paper uses Page & Goldsmith's triple measures of function, discretion, and access, which were developed to examine the extent of centralisation and decentralisation in any given polity. The results suggest that Korea is both legally and politically centralised. In Korea, a centralised party system has combined with other factors to drive centralisation, overcoming the decentralising forces that focus mainly on local elected and appointed officials. Centralising forces include the bureaucratic elitism of national officials, cultural disdain for local governments, and local people's feeble affective attachment to local identities and communities.
URI
http://pub.lex-localis.info/index.php/LexLocalis/article/view/1004http://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/119258
ISSN
1581-5374; 1855-363X
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COLLEGE OF POLICY SCIENCE[S](정책과학대학) > PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION(행정학과) > Articles
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