Research on North Korea’s government system has undergone significant changes since the 1990s. While it is still a challenge to conduct fieldwork in North Korea, to say the least, the strengthening of economic cooperation between North and South Korea, together with advancements in satellite technology, have increased the amount of information available. Testimonies by North Korean defectors are also rich sources of information, especially from former high-ranking government officials. Books published within the regime as well as newspapers, especially Rodong Sinmun, are also critical sources of analysis. The dearth of information should be no reason to abandon critical analysis. This book should provide a piece of the puzzle to understanding the North Korean political regime. 

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