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Extra info for Politics in Contemporary Vietnam: Party, State, and Authority Relations
5. The best account of the party in its early years is Huynh Kim Khanh (1982). 6. As Huntington explains, “So long as an organization still has its first set of leaders, ... its adaptability is still in doubt” (Huntington 1968: 14). 7. Ho Chi Minh’s role in the party weakened in the late 1940s because he failed to obtain diplomatic recognition not only from the United States, but also from the Soviet Union. Ho was criticized by some party leaders for his decision to dissolve the CPV in 1945; this decision led Stalin not to trust the CPV.
Still, the fundamental disposition of adaptability has been gradualism by which changes were incremental and lacked clear direction. It is precisely this incremental adaptability that has not (yet) helped to create a more complex CPV. 26 Not development but involution seems to be the trend, as the party can grow only by sucking from the state sector and the military already under its control but not by expanding its roots into a rapidly changing society. Parallel to limited reforms in administration to increase bureaucratic accountability as analyzed by Thaveeporn Vasavakul in this volume, party leaders The Communist Party of Vietnam at 83 31 have launched numerous programs to rationalize the party structure so that the CPV remains relevant and effective.
1 percent of the population were executed, had allowed the party to overthrow the old power structure in the village and to promote loyal party cadres to positions of leadership (Vo Nhan Tri 1990: 3; Vu 2010: 103). Party control now encompassed most aspects of social life in North Vietnam, as one would expect in a communist totalitarian system. Third, Marxism-Leninism allowed the party to claim a vanguard position above and autonomous from society. In particular, the CPV claimed to fight against feudalism and imperialism.
Politics in Contemporary Vietnam: Party, State, and Authority Relations by Jonathan D. London (auth.)