Tag Archives: Alexander Chayanov

Pyongyang’s growing concern with environmental degradation

We noted in a recent post that the North Korean state was taking active measures to decisively control the rural sector. One of the signs that led us to this conclusion was the state’s active enforcement of the de jure … Continue reading

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Is there or Is there not reform in the DPRK? And some recommendations

Andrei Lankov is upbeat. He believes reforms are really underway in North Korea with agricultural yields to prove it. But don’t pop the champagne yet because Dr. Lankov is also wary of how the reforms will not go far enough … Continue reading

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Premonitions of a Disaster

Sino-NK carried a piece today titled “Premonitions of a Disaster: Seeds of the Ecological Collapse and the Germination of Plans for Intensive Industrial Agriculture, 1954-1957” researched and written by your very own DPRK Food Policy Blog editor. We have summarized … Continue reading

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Alexander Chayanov, the Peasant Economy, and North Korea

Alexander Chayanov (1888-1937), rarely invoked in academic circles today, pioneered a new way of thinking about pre/non-capitalist agricultural economies that radically broke from the conventional formalist views based around the “rational peasant.” When the English edition of The Theory of … Continue reading

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