Diversity and Representation in South Korea

  • Sun Young KimEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3810-1



Diversity: How an organization or a workgroup is composed of individuals from different backgrounds in terms of observable (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, age) and underlying attributes (e.g., skills, values, perspectives)

Representation: Whether a bureaucracy reflects the overall composition of the general population it serves with respect to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, social class)


Building and cultivating a diverse workforce is a crucial part of public personnel administration. With the increasing pressure to eliminate discrimination against disadvantaged groups and provide them with fair and equal opportunities for employment, many governments around the world have developed and implemented policies and programs aimed at enhancing diversity and representation in the public sector. A series of policies for representative bureaucracy in South...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public and International AffairsThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA