Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81397
Authors: 
Katzeff Silberstein, Benjamin
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 836
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.
Subjects: 
North Korea
Totalitarianism
Authoritarianism
Institutional Change
Planned Economy
Social Control
JEL: 
P20
P30
P36
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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