The North Korean System in the Post-Cold War Era

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Despite famine and economic catastrophe, the North Korean system has persisted in the face of predictions of collapse. This collection examines the North Korean state from political, economic, strategic, and legal perspectives to determine how this system has continued to survive in the post-Cold War era, what its current condition is, and what its future might be. The contributors, all leading scholars from the US and Korea, use the latest research available to paint the fullest picture yet of the North Korean ...

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Overview

Despite famine and economic catastrophe, the North Korean system has persisted in the face of predictions of collapse. This collection examines the North Korean state from political, economic, strategic, and legal perspectives to determine how this system has continued to survive in the post-Cold War era, what its current condition is, and what its future might be. The contributors, all leading scholars from the US and Korea, use the latest research available to paint the fullest picture yet of the North Korean state system in a time of great change on the Korean peninsula.

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Ten contributions from Kim (political science, Columbia U.) and other academics discuss the paradox of the survival of the North Korean system in the post-Cold War era. Drawing upon general systems theory, they analyze the structures, processes, and outcomes of the North Korean system. Topics addressed include new political leadership, women and the economy, the legal system, international law, and the future of the North Korean system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312239749
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/13/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Samuel S. Kim is Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Associate at the East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Contributors
Preface
A Note on Romanization
Ch. 1 Introduction: A Systems Approach 1
Ch. 2 The Nature, Origins, and Development of the North Korean State 39
Ch. 3 New Political Leadership 65
Ch. 4 On Patterns of Political Legitimacy in North Korea 87
Ch. 5 North Korea: Economy, Society, and Women 115
Ch. 6 Making Sense of the DPRK Legal System 139
Ch. 7 Negotiating Regime Survival in the Face of System Crisis 157
Ch. 8 Making Sense of the Black Box: Hypotheses on Strategic Doctrine and the DPRK Threat 177
Ch. 9 North Korea and International Law: Theory and Practice in the Post-Cold War Era 195
Ch. 10 The Future of the North Korean System 221
Index 259
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