Environmental Governance in Vietnam

Institutional Reforms and Failures

  • Stephan Ortmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  3. Stephan Ortmann
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-314

About this book


‘This book will be useful for scholars and activists interested in environmental governance issues, conflicts, and strategies in Vietnam and other Asian societies, and includes penetrating comparisons with environmental governance in China.’
— Graeme Lang, Visiting Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, City University of Hong Kong

This book deals with institutional reforms in response to a mounting environmental crisis in Vietnam. The author introduces the reader to the most important environmental problems that Vietnam is currently facing and shows how the emphasis on economic growth has come at the expense of the natural environment. Following an assessment of the still deteriorating environmental situation, the book develops a theoretical framework of institutional change within the political system seeking to overcome the traditionally static understanding of institutions. The empirical analysis devotes attention to the main aspects on Vietnam’s environmental governance including the government, society, businesses and international organizations. The book is based on four years of empirical research including interviews with government officials and representatives of international and national non-governmental organizations, observations of meetings, official documents, and numerous Vietnamese newspaper reports. This book is directed both at academics, students, as well as development practitioners and activists. It seeks to engage those working in the fields of environmental politics, governance, and institutional change in one-party states.


environmental governance environmental policy environmental justice environmental management natural resource management Southeast Asia

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephan Ortmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Asian and International StudiesCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49759-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49760-0
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