Politics in War: The Bases of Political Community in South Vietnam

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Harvard University Press, 1973 - Political Science - 313 pages
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"Internal war does not create politics or processes of government. This is likely to be the most tragic aspect of the war in Vietnam. When the guns are silent, the political analyst will find essentially the same political forces and governmental institutions intact as when the conflict began."

Politics in War deals mainly with the years 1967-1970 but bears on the problems South Vietnam faces now that American forces are no longer active. The book provides an understanding of Vietnamese politics, the forces underlying it, and the bases upon which political community and a future political settlement might be achieved.

Mr. Goodman has based his analysis on first-hand research. He conducted over 300 interviews with Vietnamese political leaders and government officials. His field work in South Vietnam encompassed three years and he presents materials from such sources as South Vietnam's National Assembly, its Ministry of Interior, and the U.S. Department of State's Vietnam Working Group.

Politics in War presents the untold story of how the Vietnamese saw the period of deepest American involvement. Goodman supplies background material on the Thieu government, its motivations, and its response to the people.

Students of politics who have been concerned about what the Vietnam involvement meant to America can now better assess what the last decade has meant to the Vietnamese.

  

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Contents

Political Community and Political Order
1
Traditional Political
11
The Legislature and Independence
17
The Legislature and Political Organization in Vietnam
32
Elections as a Political Demand
38
The 196667 Elections and Political Participation
45
Bases
64
Political Divisions within the Elected Elite
74
Doctrines
141
Legislative Blocs in the Lower House
152
Patterns of Deputy
188
Patterns of DeputyConstituency Relations
199
Constituency Service and the Demand Process
207
The Impact of Constituency Service on Province Government
217
Constituency Service and the Creation
223
Establishing a System of Due Process
232

Bases of Conflict and Accommodation within
80
The Impact of Consolidation upon the Process of Government
103
The Significance of Conflict
110
The Search for Legislative Autonomy and the Limits of Constitutionalism
121
The Bases of Political Community in South Vietnam
250
Implications for Young Legislatures and Old Regimes
257
Index
305
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Allan E. Goodman is Associate Professor of Government and International Relations and Chairman of the Department at Clark University.

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