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Making WTO Membership Work for Viet Nam:  

Making WTO Membership Work for Viet Nam:

Vietnam's history is one of foreign domination and struggle for independence. It is thus a surprise that Vietnam has become a poster child for the success of international integration, and even more so that the communist leadership is solidly behind regional and global economic integration, even where that means a retreat of national sovereignty. . This paper asks what mechanisms are at work to turn the leaders, many of whom have given years of their lives fighting capitalism and foreign domination, into supporters of globalization. It concludes that globalization is in fact a critical ? liberating ? discourse, in spite of the fact that many critical theorists decry its hegemonic qualities. As a consequence of technological changes and increased interpersonal exchanges, local elites no longer can use tradition in their attempts to maintain the status quo that benefits them to the same degree they historically used to. The discourse of old, "If you are poor it is the nature of things" is no longer tenable. Globalization?s main effect was to provide even the poor with what Appadurai calls "capacity to aspire." . The paper concludes with an evaluation how Vietnam can continue to be successful in its quest for further integration when it becomes clear that integration has become a must. .


Uploaded on: May 2006
File size: 138 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Economic Development
Category: Economy

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