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The Korean Government and Public Administration: Retrospect and Prospect

The Korean Government and Public Administration: Retrospect and Prospect AEDS Guest editorial 7,3 The debate on the role of government never ceases. Liberals advocate the active role of government to deal with complicated social and economic problems, while conservatives emphasize lesser government intervention. No matter which perspective one favors, history reveals that the interplay between government and market has not been as static as Karl Polanyi, using the notion of “dual movement,” pointed out in his seminal book, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Putting scholarly controversies aside, government in developed as well as developing countries has been more likely to expand its scope over time. Assuming that government is and will still be important in governing a nation, how to make government more accountable, responsive, efficient and effective should be the key concern instead of what the right size government should be. Taking South Korea as a case, this special issue aims to explore what government has done and what it needs to do. South Korea is notable as a country that has successfully transformed itself from a poverty-ridden economy and authoritarian rule to affluence and democratic governing. Behind this transformation has been the pivotal role of government epitomized by the developmental http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Education and Development Studies Emerald Publishing

The Korean Government and Public Administration: Retrospect and Prospect

Asian Education and Development Studies , Volume 7 (3): 2 – Jul 9, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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2046-3162
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10.1108/AEDS-07-2018-118
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AEDS Guest editorial 7,3 The debate on the role of government never ceases. Liberals advocate the active role of government to deal with complicated social and economic problems, while conservatives emphasize lesser government intervention. No matter which perspective one favors, history reveals that the interplay between government and market has not been as static as Karl Polanyi, using the notion of “dual movement,” pointed out in his seminal book, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Putting scholarly controversies aside, government in developed as well as developing countries has been more likely to expand its scope over time. Assuming that government is and will still be important in governing a nation, how to make government more accountable, responsive, efficient and effective should be the key concern instead of what the right size government should be. Taking South Korea as a case, this special issue aims to explore what government has done and what it needs to do. South Korea is notable as a country that has successfully transformed itself from a poverty-ridden economy and authoritarian rule to affluence and democratic governing. Behind this transformation has been the pivotal role of government epitomized by the developmental

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Asian Education and Development StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 9, 2018

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