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Political Leadership during a Policy Shift: The Effort to Revise the Sejong City Plan

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Authors
Lee, Dalgon
Issue Date
2011
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.26 No.1, pp. 1-19
Keywords
policy leadershipSejong Citypolicy revisionchanging minds
Abstract
To promote a controversial policy, a leader must find factors that are favorable to change, and neutralize (or minimize) the opposition to it. In advocating the revised Sejong City plan, the government, including the president, the prime minister, and an advisory panel, encountered deep-rooted opposition—initially from a minority within the ruling party, and then from residents of
Chung-cheong Province and the opposition parties. The prime ministers abrupt
approach, without prior consultation with ruling party members, and his desperate
yet hasty attempt to expand a policy coalition, was not able to reconcile the differences in this case. Incentives for opposing groups were not well established. The ruling partys defeat in local elections made it even more difficult to move forward
with the revised plan. Cognition theory, in particular a simplified version of Howard Gardners concept of seven levers for changing minds, provides a useful analytical tool for understanding this case.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/75559
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