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Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform
     

Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform

by Stephan Haggard
 

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ISBN-10: 0231140010

ISBN-13: 9780231140010

Pub. Date: 05/12/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In the mid-1990s, as many as one million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the twentieth century. Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland present the most comprehensive and penetrating account of the famine to date, examining not only the origins and aftermath of the crisis but also the regime's response to outside aid and the effect of its current

Overview

In the mid-1990s, as many as one million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the twentieth century. Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland present the most comprehensive and penetrating account of the famine to date, examining not only the origins and aftermath of the crisis but also the regime's response to outside aid and the effect of its current policies on the country's economic future. North Korea's famine exemplified the depredations that can arise from tyrannical rule and the dilemmas such regimes pose for the humanitarian community. To reveal the state's culpability is a vital project of historical recovery, especially in light of our current engagement with the "North Korean question."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231140010
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


List of Figures     ix
List of Tables     xi
List of Abbreviations     xiii
Foreword   Amartya Sen     xv
Preface     xxi
Introduction: Famine, Aid, and Markets in North Korea     1
Perspectives on the Famine
The Origins of the Great Famine     21
The Distribution of Misery: Famine and the Breakdown of the Public Distribution System     51
The Dilemmas of Humanitarian Assistance
The Aid Regime: The Problem of Monitoring     79
Diversion     108
The Political Economy of Aid     126
Dealing with a Changing North Korea
Coping, Marketization, and Reform: New Sources of Vulnerability     165
Conclusion: North Korea in Comparative and International Perspective     209
Illicit Activities     245
The Scope of the Humanitarian Aid Effort     249
The Marketization Balance Sheet     259
Notes     263
References     283
Index     303

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