S-Space Graduate School of Public Administration (행정대학원) Dept. of Public Administration (행정학과) Korean Journal of Policy Studies (정책논총) Korean Journal of Policy Studies (정책논총) vol.09 (1994)
An Empirical Study for the Establishment of Desirable Relation Between the Local Council and the Local Executive
- Kim, Chi-Woon
- Issue Date
- Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.9, pp. 171-186
- The re-introduction of legislative bodies at two levels of local government in
April and July 1991 through the local elections opened the new era of local autonomy.
Local autonomy means the management of local affairs by local government,
not the central authority, using local organs. Theoretically, there are several essential
advantages of local autonomy : first, it will increase the extent of citizens' participation
in local affairs ; second, it will produce effective public service because
local governments are more responsive to local demands and more accountable to
local inhabitants ; and third, it will function as a means of checking and balancing
the central government.
In spite of much negative aspects of the initial stage of the two years' experience
on local autonomy, our local autonomy system is now being settled in high
speed, especially with the launching of Kim Young-sam Administration into the
sea of democracy.