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.30 no.1-3 (2015)
A Policy Change Effected through a Change in the Meaning of Target Populations: A Case Study of South Koreas Limited Internet User Self-Identification Policy
- Cho, Sungeun; Ahn, Sang-hoon
- Issue Date
- Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.30 No.3, pp. 63-89
- This study examines the process of policy change, drawing on the theory of the social construction of target populations to explore South Koreas limited Internet user self-identification policy. In the early 2000s, the government directly imposed on netizens and service providers by establishing regulations that resulted in netizens being categorized as deviants. Then, as personal data spillage became a problem and the market environment changed, netizens and Internet service providers were transformed into the advantaged group needing protection. Consequently, the government relaxed its regulations and allowed Internet users to self-regulate instead. This study verifies that the process of change in the way target populations are viewed is caused by an interaction between a structure and its actors. Furthermore, positive political and economic events and social movements can rapidly transform actors, Internet users and service providers in this case, into an advantaged group.