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L'archipel nord-coréen : transition économique et blocages territoriaux

Abstract : One of the recent characteristics of North Korea is the widening mismatch between a willingness to open the economy and a lack of territorial integration. In a globalised environment, North Korea's combined advantages of cheap, skilled labour, plentiful natural resources, and a strategic location between South Korea, Japan and their immediate continental neighbours, China and Russia, should enable the introduction of reforms to stimulate the economy. Whereas most previous research has looked at external political factors to explain the problems encountered (e.g. isolation after the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the embargo imposed by the USA and Japan), this paper takes an original standpoint by focusing on internal spatial factors. The examination of fundamental spatial structures shows that the increasing disconnection between the provinces – a consequence of steady economic decline – and the deterioration of infrastructure are major obstacles to the country's development projects, beyond purely political aspects
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César Ducruet, Stanislas Roussin. L'archipel nord-coréen : transition économique et blocages territoriaux. Mappe Monde, Maison de la géographie, 2007, 87 (3), ⟨halshs-00459470⟩



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