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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Local Governance and Community Power in Korea

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2006, v.46 no.4, pp.9-32

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Abstract

This paper examines local governance and community power in Korea.It clarifies the following characteristics of local governance: the localgovernment has remained functionally and financially limited despiteits constitutional autonomy; the structure of local governance turns outto be largely fragmented and dispersed; local decisions are subject totight central control; local electoral politics is increasingly nationalized;the local chief executive does not share local governmental power withother local political actors; economic interests and social identities atthe local level are poorly organized and barely active; and local resi-dents remain politically passive and hardly empowered. On the basis ofthese findings, it concludes that community power remains in thehands of the local government, especially the local chief executive, sub-ject to central control and proposes that further local empowerment andcivic involvement is essential for improving the quality of democraticlocal governance in South Korea.

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