North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society

North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society

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North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society

Following the death of Kim Jong Il, North Korea has entered a period of profound transformation laden with uncertainty. This authoritative book brings together the world’s leading North Korea experts to analyze both the challenges and prospects the country is facing. Drawing on the contributors’ expertise across a range of disciplines, the book examines North Korea’s political, economic, social, and foreign policy concerns. Considering the implications for Pyongyang’s transition, it focuses especially on the transformation of ideology, the Worker’s Party of Korea, the military, effects of the Arab Spring, the emerging merchant class, cultural infiltration from the South, Western aid, and global economic integration. The contributors also assess the impact of North Korea’s new policies on China, South Korea, the United States, and the rest of the world. Comprehensive and deeply knowledgeable, their analysis is especially crucial given the power consolidation efforts of the new leadership underway in Pyongyang and the implications for both domestic and international politics.

Contributions by: Nicholas Anderson, Charles Armstrong, Bradley Babson, Victor Cha, Bruce Cumings, Nicholas Eberstadt, Ken Gause, David Kang, Andrei Lankov, Woo Young Lee, Liu Ming, Haksoon Paik, Kyung-Ae Park, Terence Roehrig, Jungmin Seo, and Scott Snyder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442218123
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Part I: North Korea’s Political System in the Transition Era
Chapter 1: The Role and Influence of Ideology
Charles Armstrong
Chapter 2: The Role and Influence of the Party Apparatus
Ken Gause
Chapter 3: The Role and Influence of the North Korean Military
Terence Roehrig
Chapter 4: The Kims’ Three Bodies: Toward Understanding Dynastic Succession in North Korea
Bruce Cumings
Chapter 5: North Korea after Kim Jong Il
Victor Cha and Nicholas Anderson
Part II: Prospects for the North Korean Economy
Chapter 6: Western Aid: The Missing Link for North Korea’s Economic Revival?
Nicholas Eberstadt
Chapter 7: Future Strategies for Global Economic Integration
Bradley Babson
Part III: North Korean Society and Culture in Transition
Chapter 8: Low-Profile Capitalism: The Emergence of the New Merchant/Entrepreneurial Class in Post-Famine North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Chapter 9: “Cultural Pollution” From the South?
Woo Young Lee and Jungmin Seo
Part IV: Foreign Relations in the Transition Era
Chapter 10: Changes and Continuities in Pyongyang’s China Policy
Liu Ming
Chapter 11: Changes and Continuities in Inter-Korean Relations
Haksoon Paik
Chapter 12: North Korea’s Relations with the United States and the Rest of the World
David Kang
Part V: Conclusion
Chapter 13: North Korea in Transition: Evolution or Revolution?
Scott Snyder and Kyung-Ae Park

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