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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

The Kim Monarchy: Reframing Political Legitimacy in North Korea

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Event Date

November 18th 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description

Dr. Son Taek Wang attempts to fill this gap in the scholarly discourse by utilizing Max Weber’s framework of legitimacy to argue the underlying assumptions of the system of authority in North Korea are incorrect, claiming the actual power structure is similar to that of monarchies. Viewing North Korea as such can help clarify actions mistaken for instability, such as the execution of Jang Song-taek and the frequent rotation of high-ranking military officers, and can lead to more constructive policies towards the country. 

Please watch below as Dr. Wang presents his innovative approach to analyzing the Kim regime's legitimacy and stability.

Please click here to read Dr. Wang's paper.

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