While the economy, and socioeconomic inequality, continue to grow rapidly, the leadership of Laos has returned to a rhetoric claiming to pursue the goal of establishing a socialist society. However, the social structures that have evolved historically make make it very unlikely that the country’s contemporary policies will create even development and balanced socio-economic levels.
Laos in 2017: Socialist Rhetoric and Increasing Inequality
Boike Rehbein is Professor for the Sociology of Asia and Africa at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. His book Inequality in Capitalist Societies (coauthored with Surinder Jodhka and Jessé Souza) was published by Routledge in 2017. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Boike Rehbein; Laos in 2017: Socialist Rhetoric and Increasing Inequality. Asian Survey 1 February 2018; 58 (1): 201–205. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.1.201
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