Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Conclusion

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

Conclusion

Article excerpt

Vietnam's reform agenda is embedded in a process of repackaging substandard governance to appear better than what it is to both foreign and domestic constituencies. In the future, the Vietnamese state will continue to deliver a stream of high-profile projects bolstered by sound technocratic arguments. However, their competent implementation remains uncertain because there is no quick answer to some entrenched political problems of the Vietnamese system. These are the related issues of ideology and leadership and how they are incapable of producing a managerial infrastructure staffed with the appropriate personnel for good governance. This political culture will be around for a while and not expected to change quickly even as the economic pressures continue to force the momentum of market reforms.

Finally, to say that the Vietnamese state repackages bad governance implies a level of deceit among its political leaders. That would be too harsh a reading of the reality. …

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