Politics in War: The Bases of Political Community in South Vietnam

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"Internal war does not create politics or processes of government. This is likely to be the most tragic aspect of the war in Vietnam. When the guns are silent, the political analyst will find essentially the same political forces and governmental institutions intact as when the conflict began."

Politics in War deals mainly with the years 1967-1970 but bears on the problems South Vietnam faces now that American forces are no longer active. The book provides an understanding of Vietnamese politics, the forces ...

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Overview

"Internal war does not create politics or processes of government. This is likely to be the most tragic aspect of the war in Vietnam. When the guns are silent, the political analyst will find essentially the same political forces and governmental institutions intact as when the conflict began."

Politics in War deals mainly with the years 1967-1970 but bears on the problems South Vietnam faces now that American forces are no longer active. The book provides an understanding of Vietnamese politics, the forces underlying it, and the bases upon which political community and a future political settlement might be achieved.

Mr. Goodman has based his analysis on first-hand research. He conducted over 300 interviews with Vietnamese political leaders and government officials. His field work in South Vietnam encompassed three years and he presents materials from such sources as South Vietnam's National Assembly, its Ministry of Interior, and the U.S. Department of State's Vietnam Working Group.

Politics in War presents the untold story of how the Vietnamese saw the period of deepest American involvement. Goodman supplies background material on the Thieu government, its motivations, and its response to the people.

Students of politics who have been concerned about what the Vietnam involvement meant to America can now better assess what the last decade has meant to the Vietnamese.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674688254
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1973
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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Allan E. Goodman is Associate Professor of Government and International Relations and Chairman of the Department at Clark University.
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Table of Contents

1. Political Community and Political Order in South Vietnam

Political Community as a Political Variable

The Legislature as a Micropolitical Community

2. Government versus Politics: Traditional Political Institutions and the Absence of Political Community in Vietnam

Legislative Traditions in Precolonial and Colonial Vietnam

The Legislature and Independence

The Legislature and Political Organization in Vietnam

3. Elections and Political Participation in South Vietnam

The Electoral Process in South Vietnam

"Struggle Six": Elections as a Political Demand

The 1966-67 Elections and Political Participation

4. Representation as Participation: Bases for Conflict and Accommodation

Representation and Elite Selection

Political Divisions within the Elected Elite

Political Socialization: Bases of Conflict and Accommodation within the Lower House

5. Government under the Second Republic: Consolidation versus the Creation of Political Power

The Executive and the Military: The Thieu-Ky Conflict

The Impact of Consolidation upon the Process of Government

6. The Executive versus the Legislature: Political Competition and Institutional Imperatives

The Role of the Lower House

Executive-Legislative Relations: The Significance of Conflict

The Search for Legislative Autonomy and the Limits of Constitutionalism

7. Legislative Blocs as Political Participation: Doctrines of Political Organization and Competition in Transition

The Constituent Assembly as a Prelude

The Upper House: TheClique as Participation

Legislative Blocs in the Lower House

8. Creating Public Demands: Patterns of Deputy-Constituency Relations

The Political Character of Constituencies in Vietnam

Constituency Service: A New Orientation in Vietnamese Politics

Patterns of Deputy-Constituency Relations

Constituency Service and the Demand Process

The Impact of Constituency Service on Province Government

9. Constituency Service and the Creation of National Interests

The Case of the Phoenix Program

Legislating National Interests: Establishing a System of Due Process

10. The Bases of Political Community in South Vietnam

Implications for Young Legislatures and Old Regimes

Notes

Index

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