North Korea's Shadow Economy: A Force for Authoritarian Resilience or Corrosion?
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|Title:||North Korea's Shadow Economy: A Force for Authoritarian Resilience or Corrosion?||Authors:||Dukalskis, Alexander||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8471||Date:||19-May-2016||Online since:||2017-11-19T02:00:16Z||Abstract:||An unofficial or 'shadow' economy like that in contemporary North Korea generates countervailing pressures for a socialist regime. It can buttress the regime by facilitating the cynical use of anti-market laws, alleviating shortages, helping the official economy to function, and creating vested interests in the status quo. On the other hand, the shadow economy can corrode the regime’s power by diminishing its control over society, encouraging scepticism about collective ideologies, and providing networks and material that can be used for opposition to the state. This article analyses these tensions in the DPRK, by drawing on 35 semi-structured interviews with North Korean defectors.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Taylor and Francis||Journal:||Europe-Asia Studies||Volume:||68||Issue:||3||Start page:||487||End page:||507||Copyright (published version):||2016 University of Glasgow||Keywords:||Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Authoritarianism; Shadow economies; Socialist states||DOI:||10.1080/09668136.2016.1154137||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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