Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success

The Diplomat

Vietnam’s success in containing COVID-19 provides a chance to to use earned legitimacy as a springboard to reforms.

By Trien Vinh Le and Huy Quynh Nguyen
June 19, 2020

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Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success
A masked man walks past a poster encouraging people to wear face masks correctly in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020.Credit: AP Photo/Hau Dinh

The political stability of many countries has been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. As authoritarian governments in countries like China and Vietnam strive to maintain the fruits of economic growth, questions about their legitimacy arise in the face of compounding crises. These governments use their authoritarian control to legitimize societal rules and regulations in service to a shared belief system that maintaining centralized control can not only mitigate chaos in the market but also secure public safety in a pandemic crisis. Tiếp tục đọc “Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success”