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Improving Governmental Transparency in Korea: Toward Institutionalized and ICT-Enabled Transparency

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Authors
Eom, Seok-Jin
Issue Date
2014
Publisher
Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Citation
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.29 No.1, pp. 69-100
Keywords
transparencygovernmental transparency in Koreainstitutionalizatione-governmentdemocratization
Abstract
The main purpose of this study is to examine how governmental
transparency has improved in Korea. To this end, the author examines the periodic
characteristics of governmental transparency while also analyzing the information
that each administration in Korea has produced. Also investigated are institutional
arrangements for accessing this information and the adoption of ICTs in government.
It was not until the democratic transition of 1987 that the transparency of the
government began to improve in Korea. The key characteristic of the transparency
policy after democratization was the pursuit of the simultaneous progress of
institutionalized and ICT-enabled governmental transparency. Citizens accessibility
to and the disclosure of public information were institutionalized. Furthermore,
ICTs enable citizens to access such information more efficiently through nonstop
operations and one-click services. In the course of establishing the institutions
to improve governmental transparency, however, executive dominance and
bureaucrats resistance to governmental transparency were the major challenges.
ISSN
1225-5017
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/91914
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