Authority Relations and Economic Decision-Making in Vietnam
An Historical Perspective
by Dang Phong & Melanie Beresford
NIAS Reports # 38
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This study examines the evolution of state institutions since 1945 in Vietnam in order to understand the continuities since the commencement of market-oriented economic reforms as well as the extent to which rapid social change has altered authority relations and decision-making processes. It looks particularly at relations between the Communist Party, government and legislature and at those between central and local authorities.
What emerges is a more democratic or pluralist system than is portrayed in the 'totalitarian' and 'bureaucratic authoritarian' models. This helps to explain the apparent flexibility of the Vietnamese political system in the face of rapid economic transition, as well as strengths and weaknesses in the democratization process.
Establishment of the DRV Institutions 1945-55
The Party State 1955-86
The High Reform Period 1986-Present
Melanie Beresford is a leading scholar on the political economy of Vietnam, whose area of expertise also extends to gender and development, agrarian change and rural development, and network analysis.
Professor Beresford has conducted consultancies in Vietnam for various UN agencies, the Canadian International Develompent Agency (CIDA), Oxfam Quebec, and numerous Vietnamese Ministries and committees. She has held visiting fellowships at numerous locations worldwide, including at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen; Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU; Institute of World Economy, Hanoi; and the Swedish Centre for Working Life, Stockholm.
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- Feb. 29 2016
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