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Administrative Discretion in the Transparent Bureaucracy

PAQ, Vol. 29 No. 2, (2005)

The argument between Friedrich and Finer in the early
nineteen-forties is a historic debate concerning the locus of control over
administrative discretion. While Friedrich insisted the inner check over
discretionary power was more effective, Finer argued extensive
external control over public bureaucracy was necessary. This article
analyzes the debate and suggests a negotiation between them. Two
factors help bridge the debate: Information Technology (IT) and strong
leadership. The case of “Transparent Government” in Seoul, Korea is
used as an illustration of both factors.

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