Why Compassion Matters for Reform in Vietnam?

3 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015

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Kim Them Do

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Date Written: December 9, 2015

Abstract

There is a growing consensus that the people ‘democracy and the market economy under socialist orientation in Vietnam did not work.

Clearly, all of the uncertainty reveals that a new approach is needed. It is time to replace the existing framework with the model of participatory democracy, market economy, institutional rule of law and civil society. A major theme of the debate is the role of the ruling Party and the need of collective action of people. Why the leadership and people fail to take the appropriate corrective action if the proposal would be potentially transformational?

But lasting change depends on dealing with the root causes of political emotions. That is why we need to think of compassion, devotion, fear and ignorance as a reform strategy. The Party and people need more understanding and love for democratic change than ever before

We start to inspire the Party and people to create a new foundation for the development of a more compassionate and democratic society. In so doing, we are capable of building sustainable economy and equitable and caring political system.

Keywords: Politics in Vietnam, political reform, political emotion, democratic society.

JEL Classification: O20, P11, P20, P26.

Suggested Citation

Do, Kim Them, Why Compassion Matters for Reform in Vietnam? (December 9, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2701155

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