The Political Management of North Korean Society


North Korea’s political management system of carrots and sticks has enabled the regime to survive for 66 years.

Securing foreign currency is critical to the political management of North Korean society.

It is the key element in buttressing loyalty for Kim Jong Un.

That aside, both carrots and sticks are used to run the system of managing North Korea’s society politically.

They can be categorized as follows.


1. “Gifting”/Patronage system

In a society where there is very limited access to personal or career growth, the…

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