Leading the world: Public sector reform and e-government in Korea

Michael O'Donnell, Mark TURNER

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An integral component of public management reform in Korea has been e-government, a field in which Korea has been a pioneer and in which it is the world leader. This article examines the Korean model of public management reform in the context of the developmental state and democratisation to describe and explain the emergence and expansion of e-government practices. The growth of e-government is tracked and the crucial role of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security delineated. Also covered are Government for Citizens initiatives, the provision of particular services, the mushrooming use of smart phones and emerging patterns of citizen participation, especially as related to local-level governance. The article demonstrates how much can be achieved in e-government and provides a model from which other countries can choose appropriate practices
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-548
Number of pages16
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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