Paint-by-Numbers Democracy: The Stakes, Structure, and Results of the 2007 Vietnamese National Assembly Election

Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-48, 2009

48 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2010

See all articles by Edmund J. Malesky

Edmund J. Malesky

Duke University, Political Science

Paul J. Schuler

University of Arizona

Date Written: August 1, 2008

Abstract

The 2007 National Assembly (NA) election in Vietnam inspired the imagination of observers. New electoral procedures boded well for increased competition and representation. This article probes this outcome, providing a detailed account of how the Vietnamese electoral process works in practice. It concludes that despite well-publicized institutional changes, the composition of the post-election NA still reflects a preplanned script and even possesses slightly smaller shares of non-party members and self-nominated candidates than in previous years. Nevertheless, the authors found some room for optimism in the unprecedented rejection of central nominees, primarily in wealthy, donor provinces.

Keywords: National Assembly, political science, elections, Vietnam, authoritarian institutions

Suggested Citation

Malesky, Edmund J. and Schuler, Paul J., Paint-by-Numbers Democracy: The Stakes, Structure, and Results of the 2007 Vietnamese National Assembly Election (August 1, 2008). Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-48, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1669690

Edmund J. Malesky (Contact Author)

Duke University, Political Science ( email )

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Paul J. Schuler

University of Arizona ( email )

Department of History
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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