Legal reforms in China and Vietnam: A comparison of Asian communist regimes

John Gillespie, Albert Chen

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Although the adoption of market reforms has been a key factor leading to Chinas recent economic growth, China continues to be governed by a communist party and has a socialist-influenced legal system. Vietnam, starting later, also with a socialist-influenced legal system, has followed a similar reform path, and other countries too are now looking towards China and Vietnam as models for development. This book provides a comprehensive, comparative assessment of legal developments in China and Vietnam, examining similarities and differences, and raising important questions such as: Is there a distinctive Chinese model, and/or a more general East Asian Model? If so, can it be flexibly applied to social and economic conditions in different countries? If it cannot be applied to a culturally and politically similar country like Vietnam, is the model transportable elsewhere in the world? Combining micro or interpretive methods with macro or structural traditions, the book provides a nuanced account of legal reforms in China and Vietnam, highlighting the factors likely to promote, change or resist the spread of the Chinese model.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages378
ISBN (Electronic)9781136978425
ISBN (Print)9780415561044
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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