Distorted policy transfer? South Korea’s adaptation of UK social enterprise policy
Park, C, Lee, J and Wilding, MA 2016, 'Distorted policy transfer? South Korea’s adaptation of UK social enterprise policy' , Policy Studies , pp. 1-20.
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This study draws upon communicative processes in policy transfer to consider the ways in which policy may be adapted to context or distorted. The theoretical framework is used to investigate exactly what the South Korean government borrowed from UK social enterprise policy. Despite claims that the UK was the source of both the general policy direction and the particular regulatory device, the Korean government did not learn about the specific contexts of the British policy, nor attempt two-way communication with domestic stakeholders. Rather, the UK policy was interpreted in accordance with the Korean government’s own ideas about how to utilize social enterprise. Historical legacies of top-down decision-making played an important role in this process, as did the state’s role as a regulator which mobilizes the private sector to achieve policy goals. The consequences have been negative for those organizations refused social enterprise status under the Ministry of Labor’s strict approval system, as well as for the original target population: the socially disadvantaged and vulnerable. It is suggested that the model advanced may help to illuminate the reasons why some borrowed policies differ considerably from the originals, and the use of policy transfer as a means of legitimization
|Schools:||Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Policy Studies|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Funders:||National Research Foundation of Korea|
|Depositing User:||MA Wilding|
|Date Deposited:||17 Jun 2016 12:32|
|Last Modified:||27 Jun 2016 08:00|
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