College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
New book discusses environmental governance in Vietnam

Environmental Governance in Vietnam - Institutional Reforms and Failures, the latest publication by Dr Stephen ORTMANN, Assistant Professor of the Department of Asian and International Studies, deals with institutional reforms with regard to an increasing environmental threat in Vietnam. It introduces the most important environmental issues faced by Vietnam 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 organisations.

The book is based on four years of empirical research including interviews with government officials and representatives of international and national non-governmental organisations, observations of meetings, official documents, and numerous Vietnamese newspaper reports. It 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 in Vietnam : Institutional Reforms and Failures
By Dr Stephen ORTMANN
Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies

ISBN: 978-3319497600
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49760-0_3
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2017