Think Tanks and Good Governance: The Kdi Story

HGCY Working Paper No. 05-04

22 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2005

Date Written: August 2005


The quality of policy research was one of the key ingredients of the Korean economic model. In explaining Korea's economic performance, scholars have explored the nature of institutional arrangements that enabled political leaders to choose and implement efficient public policies. This paper introduces a set of analytical frameworks for explaining the configuration and performance of different policy research systems, and pays a particular attention to the Korea Development Institute which has maintained its position as the center of excellence in Korea since it was founded in 1971. KDI case shows how to govern a think tank as well as how to design an effective governance system around think tanks.

Keywords: Think tanks, governance, KDI, Korea, policy research, corporate governance

JEL Classification: G3, G34

Suggested Citation

Mo, Jongryn, Think Tanks and Good Governance: The Kdi Story (August 2005). HGCY Working Paper No. 05-04, Available at SSRN: or

Jongryn Mo (Contact Author)

Yonsei University ( email )

Seoul 120-749
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
82-2-2123-4008 (Phone)

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