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Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the "Hermit Kingdom"
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: North Korea; Totalitarianism; Authoritarianism; Institutional Change; Planned Economy; Social Control; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: P20; P30; P36; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, May 28, 2010
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