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Inside the Red Box : North Korea's Post-totalitarian Politics

By: McEachern, Patrick.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Contemporary Asia in the World: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (559 p.).ISBN: 9780231526807.Subject(s): Kim, Cho?ng-il, 1942-2011 | Korea (North) -- Foreign relations | Korea (North) -- Politics and government -- 1994-Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Inside the Red Box : North Korea's Post-totalitarian PoliticsDDC classification: 951.9305/1 | 951.93051 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Half title; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; 1: Introduction; Views of the Regime; Diverse Institutional Views; Toward a New Model; The Stakes; Road Map; 2: Post-totalitarian Institutionalism; Existing Models of North Korean Politics; The Emergence of Post-totalitarian Institutionalism; Post-totalitarian Politics; Research Design; 3: Historical Context; Foundations of the Founding; Kim Il Sung and Totalitarianism, 1956-1990; The Transition Period, 1991-1998; Post-totalitarian Institutionalism, 1998-Present
4: North Korea's Political InstitutionsThe Korean Workers' Party; The Korean People's Army; The Cabinet; The Security Apparatus; Supreme People's Assembly; Subnational Governments and the Judiciary; 5: 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; 6: 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 RanksLinking 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; 7: Policy Reversals, 2006-2008; Return to Six-Party Talks; Cabinet Economic Reformer Replaced with Economic Reformer; Chris Hill in Pyongyang
Presidential Turnover in South KoreaRefocusing on the United States; Continuity Amid Change: The North Korean Economy; 8: Conclusion; 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: 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 lead
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Cover; Half title; Series Page; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; 1: Introduction; Views of the Regime; Diverse Institutional Views; Toward a New Model; The Stakes; Road Map; 2: Post-totalitarian Institutionalism; Existing Models of North Korean Politics; The Emergence of Post-totalitarian Institutionalism; Post-totalitarian Politics; Research Design; 3: Historical Context; Foundations of the Founding; Kim Il Sung and Totalitarianism, 1956-1990; The Transition Period, 1991-1998; Post-totalitarian Institutionalism, 1998-Present

4: North Korea's Political InstitutionsThe Korean Workers' Party; The Korean People's Army; The Cabinet; The Security Apparatus; Supreme People's Assembly; Subnational Governments and the Judiciary; 5: 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; 6: 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 RanksLinking 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; 7: Policy Reversals, 2006-2008; Return to Six-Party Talks; Cabinet Economic Reformer Replaced with Economic Reformer; Chris Hill in Pyongyang

Presidential Turnover in South KoreaRefocusing on the United States; Continuity Amid Change: The North Korean Economy; 8: Conclusion; 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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 lead

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McEachern (formerly, North Korea analyst, State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research) mines the North Korean media in an effort to better understand policy making at the highest levels since the accession of Kim Jong-Il. While noting that key national policies require the concurrence of Kim, the author presents a compelling argument for examining policy formation and implementation in terms of the degree of divergence among key institutional groupings: the party, the military, and the government (i.e., the cabinet). Differences among these institutions have become more pronounced since the 1990s due to a faltering economy, improved relations with South Korea, Kim's leadership style, and the succession issue. The author first builds his case for considering North Korea a post-totalitarian state. He then provides the historical and institutional contexts for the emergence of divergent policy orientations. This is followed by an extensive examination of the jostling among key institutions over the past decade. The concluding chapter draws out the implications of an evolving polity for a post-Kim North Korea. The central theme of the work is that oscillations in North Korea's domestic and international policies should be expected and not seen as overtly deceptive or threatening. Best for university collections on Asia. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. J. M. Peek Glenville State College

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Patrick McEachern is a foreign service officer in Seoul supporting the Six Party Talks and a former North Korea analyst with the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His publications have appeared in Asian Survey , Journal of East Asian Studies , and Korea Yearbook .

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