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Civil society action and governance in Vietnam: selected findings from an empirical survey

Zivilgesellschaftliches Handeln und Governance in Vietnam: ausgesuchte Ergebnisse einer empirischen Studie
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Wischermann, Jörg

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Abstract In this article, findings from 300 standardized interviews with representatives of Civic Organizations in Ho Chi Minh-City and Ha Noi are presented. Following a view of civil society as a specific mode of social action and interaction, data analysis unveils the existence of core dimensions of such action (respect, empathy/ sympathy, and the willingness to compromise and stick to agreed-upon rules), though the respective values of those dimensions vary strongly. Inseparably linked with such civil society action of whatever kind is consensus-seeking, an aversion to conflicts, and an affinity to synthesis. These attitudes and practices, dominating various Civic Organizations' internal decision-making processes, represent elements of authoritarian political thinking in Civic Organizations' leaders' mindsets and courses of action. Combined, those characteristics make up civil society action "in Vietnamese colours".
Keywords Vietnam; civil society; citizens' involvement; non-governmental organization; national state; Southeast Asia; governance; conflict resolution; security; violence; woman; regulation; deregulation; privatization; corruption; communist party; citizen; attitude research; value-orientation; empirical social research
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Political System, Constitution, Government
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords Political Science; Area Studies; Civil society; Civic organizations; 2000-2010; Analysis of 300 standardized interviews and 24 exploratory case studies
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 3-40
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 29 (2010) 2
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works