Reaching for the Dream: Challenges of Sustainable Development in Vietnam

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edited by Melanie Beresford and Tran Ngoc Angie

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.

"… this is a useful addition to the literature on the Vietnamese development project." - Martin Painter, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2006

Melanie Beresford was a leading scholar on the political economy of Vietnam, whose area of expertise also extended to gender and development, agrarian change and rural development, and network analysis.

Angie Ngọc Trần was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam, from where she escaped by boat, settling in southern California. She has taught at CSU Monterey Bay for over 25 years. An activist scholar, she has researched and published on Vietnam and transnational labor migration and resistance in Vietnam, Malaysia, the US and Mexico.

Publication year: 2004
312 pp / 233mm x 152mm
19 figures, 37 tables
ISBN: 978-87-91114-48-9, Paperback
ISBN: 978-87-91114-19-9, Hardback

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