Agency autonomization in Korea: Some issues in cross-polity transfer of agency autonomization

Dong Young Rhee, Hindy Lauer Schachter

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This paper describes some of the issues surrounding South Korea's introduction of autonomous executive agencies as one component of its new public management (NPM) reform. Particular emphasis is given to some problems and critiques surrounding implementation. The research defines the concept of autonomous public agencies, explains why South Korea's government embraced the concept, and analyzes some critiques of its deployment. Finally, this study suggests a revision to bring the concept closer to the goals of a democratic polity by detaching autonomization from NPM's customer model of citizenship and aligning it with a citizen-owner model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-79
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Comparative Asian Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Agency autonomization
  • Citizen participation
  • Executive agencies
  • New public management


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