Vietnam Land Policy - Adjusting to Globalization
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The Vietnam economy experienced rapid economic growth over the last two decades since converting to a market-type economic model. Analysis of this transition shows the Vietnam Communist Party VCP also benefited politically from the improved economy. Further research into the political benefit indicates the VCP has moved from traditional nationalist sources of legitimacy to more socioeconomic based legitimacy. To maintain socioeconomic based legitimacy, continued economic performance in the globalized marketplace is necessary. One factor connected to recent economic growth and transition to the globalized marketplace is thoughtful land management. Successful land management is critical to the transition to an industrialized economy and continued economic growth. However, the inconsistent and inequitable application of land laws in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has been a source of tension among the largely agrarian population. The author identifies this tension as a potential source of conflict threatening social and political stability and draws the conclusion this could threaten regime survival. The author recommends areas for resolving land management issues thereby reducing conflict, easing transition to a competitive industrial economy, and bolstering VCPs legitimacy.
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