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Patterns of Industrialisation and the State of Industrial Labour in Post-WTO-Accession Vietnam

In: European Journal of East Asian Studies
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Pietro P. Masina University of Naples L’Orientale

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Michela Cerimele University of Naples L’Orientale

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Abstract

Since the mid-2000s Vietnam has become an important manufacturing hub in garment and, increasingly, in electronics. However, the expansion of an FDI-dominated, export-oriented manufacturing did not contribute to a genuine national industrialisation process and the weight of manufacturing on GDP has actually declined. Low industrial wages (associated with poor working conditions) have emerged as a structural (rather than transitory) competitive factor for the country’s participation in global production networks.

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