South Korea: Shuffling ministers too frequently
In the current issue of Governance, Sung Deuk Hahm, Kwangho Jung, and Sam Youl Lee examine patterns in the appointment of ministers South Korean presidents between 1980 and 2008. The shift toward a democratic presidency has been accompanied by a shift away from technocratic ministerial appointments. But presidents now have a habit of shuffling ministers too frequently. The average ministerial appointment is now only one year — not long enough for ministers to counter the power of career bureaucrats. Read the article.