NORTH KOREAN VITAL SIGNS 

North Korea’s Regime Security and Coup Proofing Politics

North Korea’s society is a personalist dictatorship regime, in which the leader has access to unlimited discretionary power. In such a regime, the fate of the political elite is directly connected to that of the dictator’s political survival and because they can afford to ignore the cost of public opinion, dictators are able to acquire absolute power. However, there is something that even the seemingly fearless dictator is particularly worried about – regime security. If state security refers to a well-functioning maintenance of an efficient state system, process, and structure, regardless of the structure of the ruling elite; regime security pertains to the unchallenged, absolute authority

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