Thus far, North Korea appears to have made a successful transition of power to the third generation of Kims, installing the 28-year-old Kim Jong Un as the country's supreme leader. However, due to the diminishing legitimacy of multiple generations of inherited leadership, Kim Jong Un must deliver what North Korea needs most, namely, economic development. Kim has promised to give it priority, but structural (political, economic, and social) constraints do not allow him much room to maneuver.
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Research Article| February 01 2013
North Korea in 2012: Kim Jong Un’s Succession
Asian Survey (2013) 53 (1): 176–183.
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Hong Yung Lee; North Korea in 2012: Kim Jong Un’s Succession. Asian Survey 1 February 2013; 53 (1): 176–183. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.1.176
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