IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gig/soaktu/v29y2010i2p3-40.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Civil Society Action and Governance in Vietnam: Selected Findings from an Empirical Survey

Author

Listed:
  • Jörg Wischermann

    ()

Abstract

In this article, findings from 300 standardized interviews with representatives of Civic Organizations in Ho Chi Minh-City and Ha Noi are presented. Following a view of civil society as a specific mode of social action and interaction, data analysis unveils the existence of core dimensions of such action (respect, empathy/ sympathy, and the willingness to compromise and stick to agreed-upon rules), though the respective values of those dimensions vary strongly. Inseparably linked with such civil society action of whatever kind is consensus-seeking, an aversion to conflicts, and an affinity to synthesis. These attitudes and practices, dominating various Civic Organizations’ internal decision-making processes, represent elements of authoritarian political thinking in Civic Organizations’ leaders’ mindsets and courses of action. Combined, those characteristics make up civil society action “in Vietnamese colours†.

Suggested Citation

  • Jörg Wischermann, 2010. "Civil Society Action and Governance in Vietnam: Selected Findings from an Empirical Survey," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 29(2), pages 3-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:soaktu:v:29:y:2010:i:2:p:3-40
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jsaa/article/view/260
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Adam J. Fforde, 2009. "Luck, Policy or Something Else Entirely? Vietnam’s Economic Performance in 2009 and Prospects for 2010," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 28(4), pages 71-94.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    Keywords

    Vietnam; Civil society; Civic organizations;

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gig:soaktu:v:29:y:2010:i:2:p:3-40. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Marco Bünte) or (Howard Loewen). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/dueiide.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.