Korean Public Administration Research 1999-2009: Research Themes, Methodologies, and Scholarship

M. Jae Moon, Gongrok Kim, M. Jin Lee

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This article examines three major characteristics-themes, research methods, and authorship-of Korean public administration research written in the Korean language during 1999 to 2009. It suggests that this research has evolved and advanced both quantitatively and qualitatively. Recent Korean scholarship can be characterized as consisting of more reform-oriented topics, more quantitative methods, and more diversified authorship. These characteristics were partially caused by increasing social demand for government reform and growing emphasis on methodological rigor in public administration research, as well as increased government research funding for graduate programs. This also concludes that the Korean public administration research has advanced greatly in past decades but needs a better thematic and methodological balance as well as balance between theoretical and prescriptive studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-167
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) developed the Korean Citation Index to measure the quality of academic journals. Journals that are certified, or selected for the Index, are considered to be major journals in their respective disciplines. We acknowledge that there are more than 30 NRF-recognized journals in the field of public administration and policy in Korea. Though this study does not cover all the journals thanks to a practical reason, the selection of three journals in the study was carefully made primarily based on representativeness and longevity by excluding section journals and regional journals. Many of section journals on informatization, public personnel administration, local government, public organization management and others are excluded for this reason.

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2011-330-B00194).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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