A Tale of Two Government Reforms in Korea

32 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2006

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Jin Park

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: December 2006


This paper evaluates and compares the government reforms of current Roh government and the previous administration based on 7 success factors of a government reform. The Roh administration is doing a better job than the Kim administration in such areas as preparation for a reform, periodical examinations and evaluation, and change management. However, the Roh administration shows relative weaknesses in creating an effective reform-leading organization, providing a balanced reform direction, and in overcoming resistance. This paper also suggests five important features of a successful reform-leading organization: full-time and permanent organization, organization directly under the President, focus on reform, flexibility in organizational management, and a combination of career civil servants and specialists from the non-government sector.

Keywords: government reform, comparison

JEL Classification: H70, N40

Suggested Citation

Park, Jin, A Tale of Two Government Reforms in Korea (December 2006). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 06-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=950896 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.950896

Jin Park (Contact Author)

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Seoul, 130-868
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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