Is Vietnam Transitioning Out of Socialism or Transforming Socialism? Searching for Answers in Commercial Regulation
John Gillespie, 2018 ‘Is Vietnam Transitioning Out of Socialism or Transforming Socialism? Searching For Answers in Commercial Regulation’ in Fu Hualing, J Gillespie, P Nicholson and W Partlett (eds.,) Socialist Law in Socialist Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 319-350)
28 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2018
Date Written: June 22, 2018
This chapter explores the central question: Is Vietnam transitioning out of socialism and/or transforming socialism? For decades, commentators have confidently predicted that Vietnam is transitioning out of socialism towards ‘market-Leninism’. This chapter argues that political, legal and economic changes have not entirely transformed the institutional structures and epistemic settings that supported socialism. Reforms changed some structures while leaving others relatively intact. Case studies considered in this chapter demonstrate striking continuities in the objectives and methods used by the party-state to govern the pre- and post-doi moi economies. They suggest that, rather than experiencing a linear transition out of socialism, Vietnam is undergoing a highly variegated and complex transformation of socialism.
Keywords: Socialism, Socialist legality, commercial regulation, command regulation, Vietnam
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