The sources of regime stability in north korea; insights from. 2011-11-16: there are three levels of analysis used to analyze nk: 1) leadership 2) Main ideas societal 3) external dimensions: first level: leadership, kim jon il"s regime has been based on a leader cult movement. Korea and china have helped to support the regime. The dprk as an anomaly case: first factor: in democratization theory, the dprk should have collapsed by now. First there was an economic crisis in the 1990s that reduced the food supply in half for north koreans: 1) poor economic performance raises probability of regime collapse (soviet union collapsing marked a blow to dprk"s aid supply) Possibility of mobilization of support against the regime resulting from the lack of supplies. Economic disparity causes the elite members of the party to rebel against one another. Possibility in new leadership: second factor: dprk"s collapse is the death of personality cult, kim il.