Reaching for the Dream

Challenges of Sustainable Development in Vietnam

edited by Melanie Beresford & Angie Ngoc Tran

312 pp., illustrated
NIAS Studies in Asian Topics # 33
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2004, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 19 9, £45.00
Paperback - 2004, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 48 9, £16.99

• Offers a unique and comprehensive analysis of the double transition in Vietnam, from central planning and from under-development.
• Written from both macro and micro perspectives using concrete case studies.
• One of the few studies dealing with the issue of longer-term sustainability of the high growth rates and improved living standards which characterized Vietnam in the 1990s.

Transition economies allow the study of fundamental questions about the nature of markets. How do they arise and do they necessarily follow the same modus operandi as markets in other countries? How does the state influence the development of markets? How does the opening of the economy to global market influences affect the process of institutional change? How do people respond to both internal and external influences? And how in the context of an underdeveloped transitional economy like Vietnam, do such influences affect the prospects for sustainable and equitable development?

This book focuses on the differentiated ways in which the double transition in Vietnam, from central planning and from under-development, affects various sectors of the population.

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