The 2nd Politburo of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), officially the Political Bureau of the 2nd Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, was elected in 1972 by the 1st Plenary Session of the 2nd Central Committee, in the immediate aftermath of the 2nd National Congress.
The 2nd Politburo witnessed dramatic debates on the topic of the transition to socialism, planned economic activity verus market relations and how to construct a people's democratic dictatorship. The Politburo was divideded between reformers such as Kaysone Phomvihane, who were influenced by economic reforms in China and Vietnam, and the followers of Nouhak Phoumsavan that wanted to strengthen state-control and supported a traditional planned economy based on the Soviet model.
|Rank||Name||Akson Lao||3rd POL||Birth||Death||Gender|
|1||Kaysone Phomvihane||ໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ||Reelected||1924||1992||Male|
|2||Nouhak Phoumsavan||ໜູຮັກ ພູມສະຫວັນ||Reelected||1920||2008||Male|
|4||Phoumi Vongvichit||ພູມີ ວົງວິຈິດ||Reelected||1909||1994||Male|
|5||Khamtai Siphandone||ຄໍາໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ||Reelected||1924||—||Male|
|6||Phoun Sipaseut||ພູນ ສີປະເສີດ||Reelected||1920||1994||Male|
|7||Sisomphon Lovansay||ສີສົມພອນ ລໍວັນໄຊ||Reelected||1916||1993||Male|
Articles and journals:
- Brown, MacAlister; Zasloff, Joseph J. (February 1977). "Laos 1976: Faltering First Steps toward Socialism". Asian Survey. University of California Press. 17 (2): 107–117. doi:10.2307/2643469. JSTOR 2643469.
- Thayer, Carlyle A. (1983). "Laos in 1983: Pragmatism in the Transition to Socialism". Asian Survey. University of California Press. 24 (1): 49–59. doi:10.2307/2644167. JSTOR 2643469.
- Yamada, Norihiko (2018). "Legitimation of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party: Socialism, Chintanakan Mai (New Thinking) and Reform". Journal of Contemporary Asia. 58 (5): 717–738. doi:10.1080/00472336.2018.1439081. S2CID 158837854.