The purpose of the article is to examine whether and how the regime value approach proposed by John Rohr can be applied to the learning of administrative ethics in South Korea. It focuses on the issue of unification as a critical regime value among others in Korea. Unification is a good example as a regime value in Korea because its Constitution emphasizes the mission of peaceful unification based on the principles of freedom and democracy. Furthermore, a pre-dominant number of the people agree with the fact that unification is an unchangeable supreme task for Koreans. To begin with the history of Korea’s division unintended by the people, the article describes and analyzes why Korea was divided and should be reunified. The success of unification as a regime value heavily depends on how to resolve its tension with the need for national security. Korean administrators need to pay special attention to such a subtle dilemma whenever they use unification as a criterion for decision-making and administrative discretion. Rohr argues that the opinions of the Supreme Court are the most suitable teaching device in the US. In Korea, the decisions made by the Constitutional Court, not the Supreme Court, are “dialectic,” including concurring and dissenting opinions, so they will be excellent teaching devices to help learners experience diverse political opinions and Korean values. In administrative fields, they will also be great guidelines for right and wise decision-makings in the Korean context. In addition to those decisions, Korean values can be found in a wide variety of sources, which include the writings and speeches of prominent political leaders, campaign platforms, scholarly interpretations of Korean history, and literary works of all kinds. These various teaching devices as well as the living and concrete guideline like regime values will en-able present and future administrators, who have often lost right ways, to make ethical decision-makings in the Korean context and to overcome ethical crisis that still remains in Korean bureaucracy. However, there may be a cultural obstacle such as Confucianism for regime values to be successfully embedded in real bureaucracy. Confucianism greatly influences a way of thinking of Koreans and the substantial oper-ation of the Korean administrative system. Its major values such as “Harmony,” “loyalty” and “consensus” sometimes outweigh individual consciousness or ethical decisions to be secured by the status of public servants.
2. Why Korea was Divided and Should be Reunified
3. Unification VS. National Security
4. Teaching Devices for Unification as a Regime Value