Vietnam: The Politics of Bureaucratic Socialism

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Cornell University Press, 1993 - Political Science - 227 pages
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Here is the first scholarly book-length analysis of Communist Vietnam's political system. Taking advantage of the unprecedented wealth of revealing documentary material published in Vietnam since 1985, Gareth Porter offers new insights into the functioning of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and its management of the Vietnamese economy and society. He examines the evolution of the system from the time the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was founded in 1945 through the 1986-1990 period of economic liberalization and cautious political reform by the successor regime, the SRV.
  

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Contents

The Making of an Authoritarian Regime
1
The Socioeconomic Setting
31
Party State and Mass Organizations
64
Leadership Selection and Policymaking
101
Bureaucratic Centralism and Economic Liberalization
128
Political Participation and Human Rights
152
Ideology and Constraints
185
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Gareth Porter is an independent scholar on issues of war and peace and an historian of the Vietnam conflict. From 1974 through 1976, while still working on his PhD dissertation at Cornell University, he was Co-Director of the Indochina Resource Center, Washington, D.C., which carried out research on the war and lobbied for an end to U.S. military involvement in Indochina. His first book, "A Peace Denied, " which told the story of the negotiation and implementation of the Paris peace agreement of January 1973, was published in 1975. He edited a two-volume documentary history of the Vietnam Conflict from 1941 onward in 1979. His analysis of the political system of united Vietnam, "Vietnam: The Politics of Bureaucratic Socialism, " was published in 1993.

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