Changing Political Economy of Vietnam: The Case of Ho Chi Minh City

Synopsis

The book explores the way in which the state has become comercialized under reform as party and government officials have gone into business and considers the impact that this has had on politics relations within Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The book charts the way in which power has been decentralized to the lower levls of the party-state but argues that the central state retains significant power. These issues are explored through a variety of case studies including the implementation of different reform policies, struggles over political and business activity, and the prosecution of two major corruption cases. Particular emphasis is placed on piecing together the myriad of informal practices which dominate business and political life in Vietnam.

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