Turning Land into Capital for Whom? Crises and Alternatives of Land Commodification in Laos

On August 3rd, 2017, the Central Committee of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party (hereafter, the Party) the only legally permitted political party and the dominant political institution in Laos issued a resolution on the enhancement of land management and development. The resolution (mati in Lao) was surprisingly critical of the governments past policies of land management, especially those concerning land investment and commodification projects, or what the government has termed since 2006 as Turning Land Into Capital (kan han thi din pen theun, hereafter TLIC). A host of problems associated with TLIC were acknowledged, particularly that it still has no comprehensive legal framework, due to which the Government and people have not received as many benefits as they should have and that land expropriation to serve development projects is not only a heavy burden but also a sensitive issue, affecting public order.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Thai
Topics Land
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1
License Creative Commons Attribution
Author (individual) Miles Kenney-Lazar
Publisher Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia
Publication date 2018
Pagination 1
Date uploaded March 26, 2019, 04:36 (UTC)
Date modified December 6, 2019, 08:58 (UTC)