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Palgrave Macmillan

Politics in Contemporary Vietnam

Party, State, and Authority Relations

ISBN 9781137347527
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific

Vietnam's political development has entered an extraordinary, if indeterminate, phase. Politics in Vietnam, long a predictable and dour affair, are today characterized by a sense of uncertainty and possibility that has no precedent in the country's post-war history. Comprising contributions from leading Vietnam scholars, this volume comprehensively explores the core aspects of Vietnam's politics, providing fresh perspectives on one of East Asia's least understood countries.

The collection focuses on a variety of themes including the development and decay of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the evolution of relations between central and local authorities in the context of economic globalization, the functions of representative institutions, the activities of political dissidents, the growth of incipient forms of secondary association and civil society, and state repression. Unlike much of the scholarship on Vietnam, the contributions in this volume consider Vietnam in light of broader debates concerning politics in Asia.

Jonathan D. London is a professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies and Core Member of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include research articles in the Annual Review of Political Science, The Journal of Contemporary Asia, The Pacific Review, and Social Science & Medicine. London is also editor of Education in Vietnam (2011, ISEAS) and author of numerous technical reports, analyses, and essays addressing an array of social, political, and economic themes in contemporary Vietnam.

1. Politics in Contemporary Vietnam; Jonathan D. London
2. Persistence amid Decay: The Communist Party of Vietnam at 83; Tuong Vu
3. State versus State: The Principal-Agent Problem in Vietnam's Decentralizing Economic Reforms; Thomas Jandl
4. Authoritarianism Reconfigured: Evolving accountability relations within Vietnam's One-Party Rule; Thaveeporn Vasavakul
5. Understanding the Confidence Vote in Vietnamese National Assembly: An Update on Adverse Effects of Sunshine; Edmund J. Malesky
5. Government Repression and Toleration of Dissidents in Contemporary Vietnam; Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet
7. The Apparatus of Authoritarian Rule in Vietnam; Carlyle Thayer
8. The Political Influence of Civil Society in Vietnam; Andrew Wells-Dang
9. Toward a New Politics?; Jonathan London

Thomas Jandl, American University, Washington DC, USA
Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet, Australian National University, Australia
Edmund Malesky, Duke University, USA
Carlyle A. Thayer, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Thaveeporn Vasavakul, Governance Support Facility Initiatives (GoSFI), USA
Tuong Vu, University of Oregon, USA
Andrew Wells-Dang, Advocacy Coalition Support Program, Vietnam


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