The politics of government reform in Korea : from tripartite to bipartite politicization

Park, SH and Wilding, MA ORCID: 2016, 'The politics of government reform in Korea : from tripartite to bipartite politicization' , Administration & Society, 48 (9) , pp. 1059-1084.

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Government reforms in South Korea, beginning in the 1980s, moved toward deconcentration and deregulation in the 1990s and 2000s. However, the contents of the reforms under the “transformational” presidencies following democratization, which aimed to raise the quality of government and respond to increasing social polarization and political discord, did not significantly reduce state power or depoliticize policy making. Instead, state strength was consolidated through tripartite politicization: the rise of ministers as a third force in policy making vis-à-vis the president and legislature. Under the “post-transformational” presidencies of Lee Myung-Bak and Park Geun-Hye, government reforms can be summarized as bipartite politicization between the president and legislature, as ministerial power has been reduced.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Administration & Society
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0095-3997
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Mark Wilding
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 12:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 04:33

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