Policy from the top

At the Korean National Assembly, we met with one of the top lawmakers, Park Jin, who is head of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee. After our meeting, we were given a tour of the impressive building.

Although the Assembly is a unicameral legislature, unlike the bicameral one of the U.S., policy has historically been dictated by the president. Now, however, the Korean legislature is taking a greater role in shaping policy, and the legislature is also considering dividing into two houses.

Large businesses don’t have a lot of direct contact with congress members, and there isn’t really any form of lobbying in Korea, either. Rather, companies tend to have direct relationships with some of the people who shape policy, or have spots on Commissions that make recommendations to the government.

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