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
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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.
Funding Details: University of Notre Dame
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
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 KoreaAuthoritarianismShadow economiesSocialist states
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2016.1154137
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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