Conceptualising Party-State Governance and Rule in Laos

  title={Conceptualising Party-State Governance and Rule in Laos},
  author={Simon Creak and Keith Barney},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Asia},
  pages={693 - 716}
ABSTRACT This article develops a framework for conceptualising authoritarian governance and rule in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. After introducing the national and academic context, which go a significant way towards understanding the paucity of comparative political work on Laos, we propose an approach to studying post-socialist authoritarian and single-party rule that highlights the key political-institutional, cultural-historical and spatial-environmental sources of party-state… Expand
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