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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- 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.
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