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Territoires et soins à Vientiane (Laos) : une géographie de la capitale d'une République Démocratique Populaire

Abstract : Since 1975, Vientiane is the capital city of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, a authoritarian regime which although open to free market economy since 1986, maintains a one-party system and a declared socialist line. Health care system being a political machinery for the use of the population, it constitutes de facto a subject of analysis reflecting the action of leaders and their vision of society. However, considering the political context of Laos, between authoritarianism and economic liberalization, which health care system can we draw in Vientiane? Is it an expression of state interventionism? The study of the different spatial registration of the health care system - offers location, catchment area of public facilities, resorts to health care - which corresponds to the framework of our development, will reflect the leaders' behaviour regarding social and territorial control, health coverage or public assistance. Each of those three spatial markers forms a territory - understood here as a space played by an actor - this concept, considering its analytic relevance, gives the basis of our demonstration. The favoured approach, which centres the stakeholders on the explanatory system, shows the capacity for action of health institutions, public or private health care providers, patients, and therefore, ultimately, the state involvement in the health care sector. The geography of the health care system as comprehended in Vientiane reveals the motivations of the political Laotian leaders and as a matter of fact, their way of contributing to the production of space in Vientiane.
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Virginie Mobillion. Territoires et soins à Vientiane (Laos) : une géographie de la capitale d'une République Démocratique Populaire. Géographie. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2010. Français. ⟨tel-00628849⟩



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