Abstract

Abstract:

North Korea has already begun the process of transition, the patterns of which will be determined by the elites’ choice. System transition in North Korea may unfold in one of two ways: gradual transition, with the maintenance of the Suryong (supreme leader) system of communist power and acceptance of the market economy for the well-being of the people; or radical transition accompanied by sudden political change, which may lead to conflict between competitive elite groups before Kim Jong-un has time to solidify his hold on leadership. Which path will North Korea follow? In the era of Kim Jong-un, everything depends on the competition between the party elite and military elite.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2288-2871
Print ISSN
0258-9184
Pages
pp. 431-454
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-10
Open Access
No
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