Going it alone? North Korea’s adaptability as a small power in a changing world


This article uses small states scholarship to map North Korea’s evolution from a post-colonial small state to a system-influencing state due to its nuclear weapons programme. The framework allows for contributions to: (1) The DPRK literature which in some parts has suggested the future collapse of the state, (2) The small states literature that suggests they can only survive if they integrate larger political and/or economic units, (3) The mainstream IR literature and its dominant realist streak that considers great powers and their will as the main drivers in contemporary world politics.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1226146
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Thematics on 04/10/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23802014.2016.1226146
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Published Date: 2016-10-04
Accepted Date: 2016-08-16
Submitted Date: 2015-12-20
Authors: Grzelczyk, Virginie (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9802-7161)



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