A historical overview of Korean public administration: Discipline, education, association, international cooperation and beyond indigenization

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Modern public administration was introduced in Korea more than half a century ago. Over the past several decades, Korea has achieved substantial economic growth as well as the significant development of a public administration system. How, and in what way, has Korean public administration as a discipline grown rapidly? This article reviews the multiple dimensions of Korean public administration: the development of public administration as a new discipline, public administration education as a new channel of management knowledge, the development of professional associations and research institutes as a promoter of research and activities, and international cooperation as a development tool and a window of opportunity. After that, prospects based on an indigenization debate and concluding remarks will follow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-238
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Review of Administrative Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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