Rüdiger Frank

Rüdiger Frank is a Professor of East Asian Economy and Society and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Korea University and the University of North Korean Studies (Kyungnam University) in Seoul. Professor Frank is the Deputy Chief Editor of the European Journal of East Asian Studies, Vice President of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, and President of the Asian Politics and History Association. He earned his M.A. in Korean Studies, Economics, and International Relations from the Humboldt University of Berlin and Ph.D. in Economics from Mercator University Duisburg.

His main areas of research are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe, with a focus on North Korea, state-business relations in East Asia and regional integration in East Asia.

Representative Publications

Frank, Rüdiger, and Phillip H. Park. “From Monolithic Totalitarian to Collective Authoritarian Leadership? Performance-Based Legitimacy and Power Transfer in North Korea.” North Korean Review 8.2 (2012): 32-49.

Frank, Rüdiger. “North Korea after Kim Jong Il: The Kim Jong Un era and its challenges.” (2012).

Frank, Rüdiger. “Lessons from the Past: The First Wave of Developmental Assistance to North Korea and the German Reconstruction of Hamhùng.” Pacific Focus 23.1 (2008): 46-74.

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