An approach for analysing state-society relations in vietnam

Benedict J.Tria Kerkvliet*

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    This article examines four arenas in Vietnam’s political life in which state-society relations are problematic: governing institutions and processes, mass media, agricultural collectives, and corruption. Each has evidence to support two common interpretations, which argue that the state and its various organizations in society run the political show in Vietnam. Yet, there is also evidence for a third interpretation, which highlights political activities in society beyond the reach of the state and its organizations. The article also finds ongoing deliberations in each arena about what relations between the state and society should be.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number692188
    Pages (from-to)S156-S198
    Issue numberS
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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