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In accordance with the international trend of decentralization reforms since the late twenties, the Republic of Korea has also tried to implement several reform measures with respect to decentralization in the past twenty years. It is, however, widely recognized that the reform measures have not been successful. Based on negative evaluations on the reform activities in the past, the Participatory Government established in February, 2003, has adopted a new approach to realize decentralization reforms in a visible way. To make reform plans not only visible but also close with the people, the Participatory Government published “The Decentralization Reform Plan” which includes not only concrete reform activities but also a specific time schedule for implementing these reform activities. The Decentralization Reform Plan is characterized by seven basic directions and twenty reform tasks with respect to decentralization. In addition, it is certain that the Participatory Government has succeeded in promoting reform activities in a quite democratic way in terms of allowing various groups of people to take part in the policy process of decentralization.