In any academic field, it can be beneficial to take research in a new direction that transcends the existing boundaries.
In this book, thus, I apply the study of folklore and anthropology to public administration in an attempt to describe the actual dynamics of the Korean administrative context. However, my focus is not on the formal system of administration. Instead, I address only the informal aspects of the Korean system of administration to reveal, in detail, how it operates in terms of structure and administrative behavior, and the effects of these factors on the policy- and decision-making processes.
I will reveal various inconsistencies in the Korean administration system, and consider improvement strategies. However, some aspects of the Korean tradition are still useful today. In particular, I seek to incorporate the elements of the democratic decision-making process and mutual cooperation found in the gye (village organization), hwangdu (agricultural labor exchange), and dure (agricultural labor) into the Korean administration system.
In this book, I employ the traditional ma-eul1 as the basic model because Korean traditions are most faithfully preserved in ma-euls, which are, even today, considered the hometowns of many Koreans. The phenomena seen in traditional ma-eul life are reproduced in the everyday phenomena of the Korean administrative context today.
From a macroscopic perspective, I examine the direction in which Korean society is currently changing. I also discuss how the field of administration is and how it should be changing.
To conclude, I would like to thank Chun-hwan Lim, president of Daeyoung Munhwasa Publishing, for enthusiastically offering to publish this book despite having to contend with difficult publishing conditions.
Chung-Ang University – Department of Law (Bachelor of Laws)
Graduate School of Seoul National University (Master of Laws)
Graduate School of University of Minnesota (Master’s degree in Administrations, Doctorate of Political Science)
Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Chairman of the Presidential Administrative Reform Committee
Current Emeritus Professor at Seoul National University
Current Advisor of People’s Coalition for Media Reform
Current Advisor of Korea Association for Organizational Studies
Publications in Korean
Understanding the Great Causes in Korean Administrative Studies (joint authorship, Beobmunsa, 1962)
Theory of Organizational Management (Beobmunsa, 1963)
Introduction of Policy Studies (joint authorship, Beobmunsa, 1976)
Introduction to Organizational Studies (Pakyoungsa, 1979)
Korean Administration Studies (Pakyoungsa, 1980)
Theory of Modern Management (Pakyoungsa, 1982)
Theory of Organization (Beobmunsa, 1993)
Lectures on Organizational Studies (Seoul National University Press, 1994)
Understanding Public Organization (joint authorship, Beobmunsa, 2019)
Book 1 _ Introductory Discussion
Chapter 1 The Issue of the Indigenization of Korean Administration
Chapter 2 Research Methods and Targets of Analysis
Book 2 _ Traditional Values and Korean Administration
Chapter 1 Hierarchical Consciousness and Modern Korean Administration
Chapter 2 Values and Internal Operations of Administrative Organizations
Chapter 3 The Values and Administration of Yeon(Acquaintance) and Jeong(Affection)
Chapter 4 The Relationship Between Administration and the People
Chapter 5 The Orientation Toward Bureaucratic Positions and the Seonbi Consciousness: The Perception of Public Service Today
Chapter 6 Family and modern administration
Book 3 _ Traditional village life and modern administration
Chapter 1 The Physical Structure of Ma-eul (natural village) and Modern Administration
Chapter 2 The Social Structure of Ma-eul and Modern Administration
Chapter 3 The Significance of Voluntary Organizations in Ma-euls in Modern Administration
Chapter 4 The Social Structure of Ma-euls and the Structure of Administrative Organizations in Modern Korea
Book 4 _ Development of Traditional Values and Adaptation to Changes
Chapter 1 Changes in the administrative environment(circumstances)
Chapter 2 Direction of administrative reform