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North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the "Hermit Kingdom"

  • Katzeff Silberstein, Benjamin

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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    North Korea is perceived by many as one of the most totalitarian societies of modern time. But in the wake of the economic collapse of the 1990s, North Korean totalitarianism has grappled with new conditions. This paper examines how the country’s totalitarian character has been upheld through the institutional changes instigated by the economic collapse and subsequent famine in the country. It strives to answer whether today’s North Korea should still be characterized as a totalitarian society, and, if not, what system then governs the country.

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    Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 836.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: 28 May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0836
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    1. Chang, Yoonok & Haggard, Stephan & Noland, Marcus, 2009. "Exit polls: Refugee assessments of North Korea's transition," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 144-150, March.
    2. Haggard, Stephan & Noland, Marcus, 2010. "Reform from below: Behavioral and institutional change in North Korea," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 73(2), pages 133-152, February.
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