(World Bank, Washington, DC, 2013-06)
Kang, Young Kyu; Min, Saw Young
In January 2013, the International
Budget Partnership (IBP) released the latest Open Budget
Survey (OBS) with a new section on public participation. The
survey results are not encouraging. For the 100 surveyed
countries, the average score for public participation in the
budget process is 19 out of 100. However, one country stands
out. With a score of 92, Korea emerges as the only country
‘that provides extensive opportunities for public
engagement’ (IBP 2012, 33). What makes Korea an exception?
This note investigates the different public participation
mechanisms in Korea and illustrates how public inputs are
reflected in the country’s budget process and fiscal policies.