Inside the Red Box Patrick McEachern

ISBN: 9780231526807

Published: December 22nd 2010

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336 pages


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Inside the Red Box  by  Patrick McEachern

Inside the Red Box by Patrick McEachern
December 22nd 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 336 pages | ISBN: 9780231526807 | 9.43 Mb

Traditional political models fail to account for North Koreas institutional politics, making the countrys actions seem surprising or confusing when, in fact, they often conform to the regimes own logic. Drawing on recent primary materials,MoreTraditional political models fail to account for North Koreas institutional politics, making the countrys actions seem surprising or confusing when, in fact, they often conform to the regimes 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 states political institutions debate policy and inform and execute strategic-level decisions.Many scholars dismiss Kim Jong-Ils 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 military, and the party.

These groups hold different institutional policy platforms and debate high-level policy options both before and after Kim and his senior leadership make their final call. This method of rule may challenge expectations, but North Korea does not follow a classically totalitarian, personalistic, or corporatist model.

Rather than being monolithic, McEachern argues, the regime, emerging from the crises of the 1990s, rules differently today than it did under Kims father, Kim Il Sung. The son is less powerful and pits institutions against one another in a strategy of divide and rule. His leadership is fundamentally different: it is post-totalitarian. Authority may be centralized, but power remains diffuse. McEachern maps this process in great detail, supplying vital perspective on North Koreas reactive policy choices, which continue to bewilder the West., reviewing a previous edition or volume



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