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The Dynamics of Change in North Korea: An Institutionalist Perspective

Phillip H. Park
The Dynamics of Change in North Korea: An Institutionalist Perspective
ISBN: 978-89-8421-294-7
2009/311 pages
Explorations in Korean Studies
Distributed for the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University


As North Korea struggles to cope with a failing economy, there have been clear signs of an incipient decentralization of governance, an expansion of private markets, and a growing sense of individualism within society.

The origins, impact, and implications of these developments are thoroughly explored in The Dynamics of Change in North Korea. The authors consider both the nature of the ongoing transformation and the government’s role in, and responses to, the transformation. Their work offers new insights into the path that North Korea is likely to take as it struggles to find its place in the region and in the international community.


Phillip H. Park is professor of political science and diplomacy at Kyungnam University.


  • Foreword—Su Hoon Lee
  • Introduction: Economic Reform and Institutional Change in the DPRK—P.H. Park.
  • Economic Reform and Institutional Transformation: A Legal Perspective—D-K. Yoon.
  • The Development of Farmers’ Markets in North Korean Cities—B.D. Choi and K.W. Koo.
  • Changes in North Korea’s Corporate Governance—M.S. Yang and K. Shepard.
  • The Pseudo–Market Coordination Regime—J-C. Lee.
  • North Korea's Transition to a Market-Oriented Economy: Lessons from Other Transitional Economies—P.H. Park.
  • Human Resource Development and International Cooperation—J.D. Shin and D.J. Ouellette.
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