Korea Institute of Public Administration (President Ahn, Seong-ho) held “2019 International Conference on Direct Democracy” at 9:00 on December 3 (Tuesday) in the Emerald Hall on the 3rd floor of Grand Hilton Seoul’s Convention Center. The conference was hosted jointly by the National Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Science; the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development; and Chungnam Institute.
Held under the theme “Conflict to Inclusion: Past, Present and Future of Direct Democracy”, this symposium was prepared to reflect on the direct democracy system and how it has been practiced in Switzerland and Taiwan, countries that are said to be testing grounds for direct democracy, and to contemplate on the government operation principles that the Korean government should pursue and execution initiatives.
The international symposium comprised a general session,breakout sessions, and a roundtable. In the general session, there were presentations and discussions by four people on the theme of “Current Status and Outlook of Direct Democracy’. It was followed by led by theNational Conference on Ward Republic on the theme of the direct democracy forkmote movement,ward republic, and civil politics and led by theNational Conference on Decentralization on the theme of the constitutional amendment for decentralization and direct democracy. In the following roundtable, speakers from Korea and abroad exchanged diverse opinions on Korean democracy in general under the theme “Conflict to Inclusion: Past, Present and Future of Direct Democracy”.