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Public Health Disasters and the Evolution of Pandemic Response Structures: A Case Study of MERS in Korea

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Authors
Chang, Jiyoun
Issue Date
2017-04-01
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.32 No.1 pp. 27-52
Keywords
public health disastersgovernance structureinfectious diseaseepidemic/pandemic responseMERSKorea
Description
An earlier version of this paper was presented at 2016 Annual Meeting of the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) in Osong, South Korea, on June 24, 2016.
Abstract
This study focuses on the Korean MERS epidemic and analyzes how governance structures were set up to respond to it. Compared to other countries responses, which were built on both hierarchical and network structures, the Korean MERS response structure evolved over time. In the first period hierarchy characterized the relationship between the central government and hospitals. In the second period, heterarchy replaced hierarchy, and in the last period heterarchy evolved into a network governance structure. Furthermore, it was found that leadership, communication, information sharing and use of information technology affected the formation of the response structures. I conclude by exploring limitations in my research and suggesting paths and perspectives for further research.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/134785
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