Between "state' and "society': Commune authorities and the environment in Vietnam's craft villages

Sango Mahanty, Trung Dang

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    Maintaining a liveable environment in Vietnam's polluted craft villages is a daily challenge for state authorities and residents. Neighbouring urban populations demand that the state effectively curtails and manages pollution, while local residents prioritise their livelihoods and routinely flout regulations. The commune official, tasked with the seemingly impossible task of environmental regulation, occupies a fraught position, torn between the imperatives and constraints of craft producers and state regulatory demands. This study of water pollution in northern Vietnam's craft villages finds that commune officials' conflicted role in environmental governance is a central factor in the failure of the current environmental governance regime, and reflects the internally conflicted nature of the Vietnamese state.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-281
    JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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