Perspectives on Decentralisation and Rural-Urban Linkages in Korea
The economic development of Korea is widely considered as a success story. Yet, as
the country joins the ranks of the world’s most advanced economies, its rapid pace
of development has not fully reached every part of its territory. The pace of urbanisation,
particularly around Seoul, has placed mounting pressure on the capital’s quality of
life, while in rural regions the country’s success has felt distant. To address these
regional disparities, successive governments have pursued a policy of balanced national
development, with major initiatives aimed at spreading economic opportunities throughout
the country while at the same time transferring authority and resources to regional
and local governments, to increasingly empower them to navigate their own path forward.
This study takes stock of these efforts in the context of rural development and finds
evidence of progress in several areas, yet opportunities remain in others. The study
includes advice and recommendations on multi-level governance, rural-urban linkages
and other issues drawn from the experience of OECD countries on how Korea’s efforts
in pursuit of inclusive growth may be further strengthened to improve the well-being
of the country's rural regions.
4 March 2021 09:00-10:00 (CET - Paris time) Virtual (Zoom) meeting
This study is part of the OECD Rural Studies series, which assesses the performance of rural areas and makes recommendations to address challenges and seize opportunities through rural development policies and other policies with significant impacts on rural places. Covering topics such as service delivery, rural-urban linkages, innovation and land use, the series explores how to promote the competitiveness of firms and the wellbeing of residents in rural areas through place-based approaches.
The virtual event will present the main OECD recommendations and invite representatives of the Korean government and policy makers from other OECD member countries to share their views.