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North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society

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Readers . . . will find rich food for thought on the dynamics between political stability and socioeconomic changes in the country. (Global Asia)

This book meets a pressing need for wide-ranging, timely coverage of North Korea. It offers diverse, sometimes clashing views, especially over the future of the regime. Many chapters cover areas neglected elsewhere, deepening the debate. Others offer strong opinions, trying to steer the debate. Sensibly, the concluding chapter by the two editors draws the arguments together, leaving the reader with a clear sense of the options that lie ahead. (Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University)

An important work on the future of North Korea by an outstanding array of practitioners and academic experts. As the Pyongyang regime attempts to consolidate rule under the newest ‘Dear Leader,’ it will continue to defy simplistic analysis. This book is a great advance to understanding the enigma that is North Korea. (Stephen Bosworth, Tufts University)

This useful book is a state-of-the-art treatment of North Korea for non-academics and is likely to be read widely in think-tank and policy circles. Its authors include some of the finest analysts of North Korea in English. Laymen will find the book appealing, because the essays, while well-informed, do not overwhelm with jargon. . . . The book also ranges widely, covering issues like ideology, economic (mal)adaptation, the monarchy, and foreign relations. All these traits make it a solid introduction to the North Korea tangle. ...The essays are rich, and scholars will also find new ideas and themes that merit sustained social scientific analysis. (Pacific Affairs)

About the Author

Kyung-Ae Park holds the Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442218126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442218123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Martin on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
North Korea in Transition is a series of articles by noted scholars on the current situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It contains the latest up-to-date information about the country and its prospects for the future. It covers four basic topics: politics, the economy, society and foreign policy. The authors represent different organizations including universities and institutes/research centers. For the most part they are not government officials. The best articles in my view are by Professor Bruce Cumings who is chair of the history department at the University of Chicago and points out that American foreign policy towards the DPRK is based on the conservative perspective that the country is evil and will collapse any day now. This policy remains the same no matter if the administration is Democratic or Republican. Furthermore this policy has clearly failed. The article by Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea on the emerging merchant/entrepreneural class in the DPRK is also interesting. The country has clearly moved away from the pure socialist economic model of the Communist era toward a mixed economy and there is no turning back. Also the country is opening up to the outside world, gradually but surely as the Internet and other outside influences make thier presence known.

Another important topic that the book covers is the changing relationships between the DPRK and varioius other countries, especially the former Soviet Union/Russia, China, South Korea and the United States. The collapse of the USSR which had been the DPRK's primary supporter led to a crisis in the country. Now the DPRK s largely, but not exclusively, dependent on China but that relationship has its difficulties as well.
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