North Korea Under Kim Jong II: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance

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  • Copyright: 2007-06-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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North Korea has long been a country of mystique, both provoking two nuclear crises and receiving aid from the international community and South Korea in more recent times. North Korea under Kim Jong Il examines how internal changes in North Korea since the early 1970s have structured that nation's apparently provocative nuclear diplomacy and recent economic reform measures. To understand these changes, author Sung Chull Kim uncovers relatively unknown internal aspects of the country under Kim Jong Il's leadership. His account, based on a thorough examination of primary sources, traces the origins, consolidation, and dissonance of North Korea's systemic identity. He reveals how official and unofficial developments in the domains of North Korea's politics, ideology, economics, and intellectual-cultural affairs have brought about systemwide duality, particularly between socialist principles embedded in the official ideology and economic institutions. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Sung Chull Kim is Associate Professor of Northeast Asian Studies at the Hiroshima Peace Institute in Japan

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Note on Romanizationp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: A Conceptual Frame for Systemic Changesp. 1
Emergence of the Systemic Identity of North Koreap. 3
Embodiment of the System: Functional Differentiationp. 10
Systemic Dissonance and Major Conjuncturesp. 13
Requirement for Systemic Viability: Opennessp. 24
Tour of the Bookp. 26
Kim Jong Il: The Political Man and His Leadership Characterp. 29
The Shaping of a Political Personalityp. 31
The Political Man's Road to Successionp. 41
Active-Negative Leadership Characterp. 45
Implications for Systemic Changesp. 54
The Party's Strengthening Discipline and Weakening Efficiencyp. 57
Kim Il Sung's Legacy: From a Mass Party to an Institutionalized Partyp. 59
Kim Jong Il and Organizational Changesp. 65
Party-Life Criticism as a Disciplinary Instrumentp. 69
The Declining Efficiency of the Partyp. 75
Dual Implicationsp. 79
Military-First Politics and Changes in Party-Military Relationsp. 81
Power Dynamics and Party-Military Relationsp. 83
Military-First Politics under Kim Jong Ilp. 91
Institutional Differentiation between the Party and the Militaryp. 96
Relevance to Kim Jong Il's Management Stylep. 101
Chuch'e in Transformationp. 105
Chuch'e and Power Successionp. 106
Socialism in Historical Developmentp. 112
Estrangement from Marxism-Leninismp. 121
On Capitalism and Opening Upp. 130
Reflections on Chuch'e: With Special Reference to Systemic Identityp. 135
The Fluctuation of Economic Institutions and the Emergence of Entrepreneurshipp. 137
Institutions of Economic Management: Traditions and Their Dislocationp. 138
Increased Local Latitudep. 147
The Emergence of Private Entrepreneursp. 150
Informal Transition of Property Rightsp. 157
Implications for Systemic Dissonancep. 163
The Changing Roles of Intellectualsp. 165
Socialist Transformation and Persecution of Intellectualsp. 166
Socialist Mobilization and Changes in the Class Status of Intellectualsp. 174
Kim Jong Il's Rise and His Mobilization of Intellectualsp. 178
The Perceived "Internal Enemy" in Times of Decaying Socialismp. 183
Facilitation of the "Skip-Over Strategy"p. 186
Conclusion: Dilemmas of Opening Upp. 193
Special Features of Systemic Dissonancep. 193
Defiance in 2002p. 199
Appendixp. 207
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 267
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