Living with Transition in Laos: Market Intergration in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Jonathan Rigg

Published July 13, 2012
Reference - 256 Pages - 61 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415649766 - CAT# Y143607
Series: Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series


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Laos - the Lao People's Democratic Republic - is one of the least understood and studied countries of Asia. Its development trajectory is also one of the most interesting, as it moves from state, or perhaps more appropriately subsistence, to market. Based on extensive original research, this book assesses how economic transition and marketisation are being translated into progress (or not) at the local level, and at the resulting impact on poverty, inequality and livelihoods. It concludes that the process of transition in fact contributes to the growth of poverty for some people, and shows how people manage to cope in very unfavourable circumstances.

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