Vietnam - The Limits of Modernization under Party Rule

Vietnam - The Limits of Modernization under Party Rule

In this seminar we gathered a panel of distinguished Vietnam scholars to address the current challenges of development in today’s Vietnam.

Vietnam’s developmental success story is today well-known. The economic development, has not only produced sustained economic growth but has also resulted in cultural and societal transformation: urbanization and the emergence of new social forces in society and a concomitant political pluralization in society. At the same time Vietnam remains an authoritarian single-party regime with the Vietnam Communist Party in power since the 1950s in north Vietnam and in the entire country since 1975. In recent years a more vocal civil society has developed that is increasingly demanding political change and democratization.


Dr. Vũ Thành Tự Anh, Dean of Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, and research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School 

Prof. David Dapice, Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University

 Dr. Lê Đăng Doanh, member of the UN Committee for Development Policy and Senior Fellow, Economy College, Hanoi National University

 Dr. Jonathan London, Associate Professor of Political Economy – Asia at the Leiden Institute of Area Studies, Leiden University (Netherlands)

Prof. Phạm Duy Nghĩa, Professor of Law, Fulbright University Vietnam

Prof. Helle Rydström, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University


Dr. Eva Hansson, Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University

Dr. Börje Ljunggren, Associate, Harvard Asia Center and Senior Associate Fellow, UI

The seminar was arranged by the Forum for Asian Studies in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). It is part of a book and workshop project “Vietnam: State, Economy, Society in a Shifting Global Environment”, co-financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ).


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