Although administrative reorganization has been a major political instrument in many democracies, there has been limited research on its effects. Aiming to address this gap, this study examines the reorganization of Korean government ministries, specifically, the impact of reorganization in the form of a merger of ministries performing interrelated but dissimilar functions. Examining the salience of policy issues expressed in official government press releases during the 12-year period from 2001 to 2012, we found that administrative reorganization in the form of a merger has a significant impact on the relative salience of government policy agendas. Specifically, the interrupted time series estimates indicate that the salience of science and technology policy issues (in relation to education policy issues) decreased by approximately 12% to 17% following the dissolution of the Ministry of Science and Technology. We explain this finding based on the bounded rationality view of bureaucratic information processing.
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We are grateful to the three anonymous reviewers and editors for their truly constructive comments. This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of the Republic of Korea (NRF-2017S1A3A2067636). The order of authorship is alphabetical.
National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/ Award Number: NRF-2017S1A3A2067636; Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of the Republic of Korea
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science
- Public Administration