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Inside the Red Box North Korea's Post-Totalitarian Politics

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ISBN-10: 0231153228

ISBN-13: 9780231153225

Edition: 2010

Authors: Patrick McEachern

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Traditional political models fail to account for North Korea's institutional politics, making the country's actions seem surprising or confusing when, in fact, they often conform to the regime's own logic. Drawing on recent primary materials, including North Korean speeches, commentaries, and articles, Patrick McEachern, a specialist on North Korean affairs, reveals how the state's political institutions debate policy and inform and execute strategic-level decisions.Many scholars dismiss Kim Jong-Il's regime as a "one-man dictatorship" and call him the "last totalitarian leader," but McEachern identifies three major institutions that help maintain regime continuity: the cabinet, the…    
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/28/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 0.65" wide x 0.93" long x 0.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
Views of the Regime
Diverse Institutional Views
Toward a New Model
The Stakes
Road Map
Post-totalitarian Institutionalism
Existing Models of North Korean Politics
The Emergence of Post-totalitarian Institutionalism
Post-totalitarian Politics
Research Design
Historical Context
Foundations of the Founding
Kim II Sung and Totalitarianism, 1956-1990
The Transition Period, 1991-1998
Post-totalitarian Institutionalism, 1998-Present
North Korea's Political Institutions
The Korean Workers' Party
The Korean People's Army
The Cabinet
The Security Apparatus
Supreme People's Assembly
Subnational Governments and the Judiciary
Institutional Jostling for Agenda Control, 1998-2001
Taepodong-1 Launch
The Kumchang-ri Suspected Nuclear Facility
OPlan 5027
The Second Chollima March
Uncoordinated Institutions
Missile Negotiations and the Inter-Korean Summit
Segmenting Policy and Issue Linkages, 2001-2006
Toward Economic Reform
Issue Linkages: Inter-Korean and U.S. Policy
Pyongyang Reacts to New U.S. Policy
Regime Change Short List Concern Closes Ranks
Linking and Delinking Issue Areas
End of the Agreed Framework and the Second Nuclear Crisis
Inter-Korean Relations: A Separate Track?
Nuclear Declarations
Diplomatic Impasse, Mutual Pressure
"The Atmosphere Has Improved"-for a Day
LWR Demands and Banco Delta Asia
Cross-Border Cooperation: The Only Game in Town
Bureaucratic Cracks on "Sanctions" and Missile Tests
Hitting Rock Bottom: The Nuclear Test
Policy Reversals, 2006-2008
Return to Six-Party Talks
Cabinet Economic Reformer Replaced with Economic Reformer
Chris Hill in Pyongyang
Presidential Turnover in South Korea
Refocusing on the United States
Continuity Amid Change: The North Korean Economy
North Korea's Post-totalitarian Institutionalism
An Evolved Polity
Decision Making
Importance of the Internal Mechanism
North Korea, Comparative Politics, and Downstream Consequences
North Korea's Future