Presidential personnel innovation for presidential appointees in Korea: Toward an institutional presidency

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Most presidents may come to realise that a successful individual, gifted though he may be, cannot do everything himself. The president must be assisted by a capable staff and trusted advisors. They are key to policy effectiveness. Surprisingly, in Korea, the past record of presidential performances in these respects has been less than exemplary. Under the current incumbency President Roh (2003-2008), there is accordingly growing public expectation that improvements might take place in his nascent administration. Accordingly, this article assesses the personnel problems of Presidential appointees in the previous as well as the current administration. After a brief brut critical examination of the personnel selection system, it considers the ongoing efforts to undertake reform and its innovative direction. In conclusion, it observes that whilst the personnel system for merit-based civil servants is reasonably well established in the Korean government, the presidential personnel system for political appointments is seriously underdeveloped. The author accordingly suggests some improvements of the system for 'spoils-based' appointees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Public Administration


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