Inside the Red Box

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November 2010



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 leader," but McEachern identifies three major institutions that help maintain regime continuity: the cabinet, the military, and the party. Authority may be centralized, but power remains diffuse. McEachern maps this process in great detail, supplying vital perspective on North Korea's reactive policy choices, which continue to bewilder the West.


List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. Post-totalitarian Institutionalism3. Historical Context4. North Korea's Political Institutions5. Institutional Jostling for Agenda Control, 1998-20016. Segmenting Policy and Issue Linkages, 2001-20067. Policy Reversals, 2006-20088. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex


Patrick McEachern is a foreign service officer in Seoul and a former North Korea analyst with the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.


Inside the Red Box is a nuanced and meticulous study of the inner workings of the North Korean policy apparatus. It is a very useful addition to the literature, saying more about what happens inside the black box (or red box) beyond standard accounts and the personality cult of the Kim family. ¿ Victor D. Cha, coauthor of Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies
EAN: 9780231153225
ISBN: 0231153228
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: University Press Group Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2010
Format: gebunden
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