Civil Petitions and Appeals in Korea: Investigating Rhetoric and Institutional settings
- Civil Petitions and Appeals in Korea: Investigating Rhetoric and Institutional settings
- Kang, Younguck
- Civil Petitions; Civil Appeal; Shinmungo
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- Series/Report no.
- KDI Working Paper Series;WP12-07
- This study raises one of the fundamental questions on the role and function of the ‘civil
petition/appeal,’ and the relevant institutional settings in Korean government that would
foster positive contribution of such in the policy-making process and good governance. This
study finds that the civil petition/appeal process of Korea possesses quite a unique aspect
compared to other democratic society, and mostly functions as ‘symbolic’ gestures by the
government, lacking the proper feedback functions that would ideally lead to changes in
law/regulations and eventually changes in institutional settings and practices. To promote
grass-roots democracy and good governance, this study recommends a major change in the
institutional setups that would put the National Assembly more accountable for feedback
role/functions by becoming the core institution which must handle ‘civil petition/appeal’ in a
form of caseworks.
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