- Historical analysis of the process by which Vietnam's SOEs shifted from central-planning to operation in an increasingly globalised market economy
- Draws upon regular and repeated fieldwork going back to the late 1970s
- Uses a wide range of Vietnamese language and other sources
the limits of national liberation; Vietnamese state industry: policy debates before 1979; Vietnamese neo-Stalinism and its feet of clay
from reunification to August 1979; The transitional model of the 1980s: a new solution? Just how important was policy? Spontaneous decentralisation, 1979-1980; The attempted recentralisation, 1980-1985; From the 1986 Sixth Congress to the emergence of the SOE-focused model of the 1990s; State industry: from the early 1990s and the 'big surprise' to the gathering problems of the late 1990s and 2000s; Conclusions
state industry and the Vietnamese experience.