Civil Society Action and Governance in Vietnam: Selected Findings from an Empirical Survey
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 Organizationsâ€™ internal decision-making processes, represent elements of authoritarian political thinking in Civic Organizationsâ€™ leadersâ€™ mindsets and courses of action. Combined, those characteristics make up civil society action â€œin Vietnamese coloursâ€.
Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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