The Quest for Balance in a Changing Laos

A Political Analysis

by Søren Ivarsson, Thommy Svensson & Stein Tonnesson

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  • Pages: 82 pp.
  • Series number: 25
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The quest by Laos to balance its economic transformation with retention of national stability and one-party rule involves the regime in 2 balancing acts: first to please neighbours and donors; second to ride the economic whirlwind without tumbling from power.
The quest by Laos to balance its economic transformation with retention of national stability and one-party rule involves the regime in 2 balancing acts: first to please neighbours and donors; second to ride the economic whirlwind with-out tumbling from power. Hailed in some quarters as the best short study of Laotian politics to be seen in recent years.
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Søren Ivarsson is an associate professor in the Department of History, University of Copenhagen. Well versed in the histories of Laos and Thailand, he is particularly interested in nationalism, state formation and historiography in these countries. His monograph, Creating Laos, was published by NIAS Press in 2008 and has attracted much acclaim.

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