Vietnam Through Chinese Eyes: Divergent Accountability in Single-Party Regimes
Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime ... edited by Martin K. Dimitrov, 2013
Posted: 30 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 30, 2013
This volume aims to identify the foundations of communist regime resilience. Some chapters focus on economic and political reforms as mechanisms for resilience, others on strategies for inclusiveness, and still others on ideology and legitimacy. We approach this important issue by analyzing formal institutions of horizontal and vertical accountability in China and Vietnam. We find important differences that are becoming more salient over time. Yet both sets of accountability institutions serve very resilient single-party regimes, protecting rather than threatening them.
While our finding supports this volume’s main conclusion that institutional design plays a key role in shaping the form and degree of a regime’s resilience, our comparative cases also show that institutions going by the same name may operate by quite different rules. What is understood as order making in one country may therefore be viewed as a cause of instability in another.
Keywords: authoritarian institutions, china, vietnam, communist parties
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