There is much intense interest in North Korea at present. This partly arises from questions about Korea's nuclear capability and intentions, and about the extent to which North Korea may be viewed as 'a rogue state' or part of 'the axis of evil'. In addition, however, North Korea has recently begun experimenting with reforms along Chinese lines. The vigour with which these will be pursued, and related questions about the degree of engagement, or otherwise, with South Korea are also important issues. This book provides full details of economic and political developments in North Korea since 1989 when the communist world began to change irrevocably.
'Professor Jeffries' new book provides ample sources of information for recent events including refugee and nuclear issues in North Korea.' - Journal of Asian Economics
'Jeffries' book is an invaluable resource to any scholar of North Korea's political, diplomatic and economic development after the collapse of the Soviet Union.' - Christopher Griffin, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 3, Fall 2007
'[This book makes] fascinating reading… The largely chronological approach makes individual chapters a useful reference source for those interested in a particular problem, and this is the great strength of the book… For those interested in a particular field, this collection can be helpful.' - Korean Studies Review, 2007, no. 7
1. An Overview of Political and Economic Developments 2. Historical, Political and Demographic Aspects 3. The Economy. Appendix 1: The Soviet (Stalinist) Economic System. Appendix 2: General Issues in the Transition from Command to Market Economies