In order to harmonize social development with economic growth, Asian states ought to be more proactive in their development agendas. An intimate relationship exists between the Vietnamese and the Chinese party, military and government on many levels that is going to continue. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including World Politics, the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Theory and Society, and he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies. Talking accommodation in Indonesia: nation, the people, God, and Karl Marx; 10. On the whole, however, the mentality of the leadership remains closer to China than to the U. Talking accommodation in Vietnam: nation, the people, and class struggle; 9.
As it is, the book focuses mainly on the formative periods of the countries concerned, principally up until the 1960s. The latter book received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the 2011 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Award. This argument can be vindicated today if one compares, say, China and Vietnam. Paths to Development in Asia is a study of development models, focusing on six cases from four Asian countries: South Korea, Vietnam, China the Republican and Maoist states , and Indonesia under Sukarno and under Suharto. He co-edited with Erik Kuhonta and Dan Slater Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region and Qualitative Analysis 2008 and with Wasana Wongsurawat Dynamics of the Cold War in Asia: Ideology, Identity, and Culture 2010. Based on a comparison of six Asian cases, including both capitalist and socialist states with varying structural cohesion, Tuong Vu proves that it is state formation politics rather than colonial legacies that have had decisive and lasting impacts on the structures of emerging states. The heart of successful development is seen as the growing mastery by firms of the technological, organizational, and managerial capabilities needed to be effective in a field of economic activity.
Challenging theories that privilege industrial policy and colonial legacies, this book focuses on state structure and the politics of state formation, arguing that a cohesive state structure is as important to developmental success as effective industrial policy. Vietnam has to be very sensitive to foreign critiques of the government and its relationships with its people. The East Asian developmental experience continues to attract attention. At present the Vietnamese economy is heavily dependent on trade with China, which could make Vietnam vulnerable in case of a Sino-Vietnamese conflict in the South China Sea. As far as I know few scholars have done this kind of cross-regional comparison a notable exception is Stephan Haggard. As a text on social development in Asia, this book is primarily intended for practitioners and students of social work, social administration, and social policy.
This does not mean that democratization in China would be automatically followed by democratization in Vietnam. In doing so, Vu demonstrates convincingly how accommodation, mass incorporation and elite compromise impeded the creation of effective developmental sates in these two countries. Are the development models you write about exportable to other regions of the world? The nature of the Vietnamese system allows only very marginal changes. This can be one of must-read literature for those students interested in Asian development history. Drawing on country data and experiences, the book offers evidence-based policy lessons relevant for learning to innovate and to catch-up in a complex process of industrial, technological and organizational changes at the firm- and sectoral-levels. This collection documents social development in the Asian countries of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and India and concludes that social development has lagged behind economic development. The results of this investigation are fascinating and thoroughly convincing.
The leadership is not new to Vietnamese politics. Asia Blog spoke with Tuong Vu about his research and whether Asia's success can be exported to other parts of the world. The historical evidence provided to support these claims is detailed and generally persuasive and the country studies will be of interest to country specialists and comparativists alike. Also included are impact analyses and the effects of promoting environmental technologies. What impact did western development blueprints and external donor engagement leave in the region? It is always irritating for authors when reviewers tell them about the book they should have written rather than reviewing what they actually did say.
State formation dynamics and developmental outcomes 2. How do you explain this difference? As Vu notes, the inclusion of Vietnam and China is also illuminating because they are notionally non-capitalist states, and because this analysis pays specific attention to the role of ideology. Rightly so: the economic history of twentieth-century East Asia remains one of the most surprising and optimism-inducing periods of the recent past. At the same time, the rising conservatism of the Vietnamese leadership could affect U. And effective institutions are seen as often sectoral specific. State formation dynamics and developmental outcomes; 2.
His primary concern is to maintain stability and security for the Communist Party and for the regime. Whatever the merits of considering states like Indonesia as developmental, though, this approach does have the merit of isolating some of the factors that caused states to develop in particular ways; factors which help to account for their subsequent effectiveness. In doing so, Vu demonstrates convincingly how accommodation, mass incorporation and elite compromise impeded the creation of effective developmental sates in these two countries. This volume should be recommended to students and practitioners involved in understanding and promoting economic development. How do political developments in China affect the policies of the Vietnamese Communist Party? Variants of Accommodation: Vietnam and Indonesia Compared: 6.
Yes, I believe that the new leadership is more conservative than the previous one. In this piece, Vu argues that the pattern of intra-elite and elite-mass interactions determine whether emerging states possess cohesive structures required for implementing developmental policies effectively. It is so deeply ingrained in the system now. I expect this policy will continue. There was a natural urge to focus solely on these cases in order to draw out useful lessons. The key noncommunist figures in my historical account of Vietnam, for example, were purged from the government in the 1950s, placed under police surveillance, and not rehabilitated until the 1990s. I think people should actually pay less attention to the transition because it is not that important given the way politics works in Vietnam.