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Student Research Projects

Vietnam: Democracy, Development and Environmental Protection

Student Sarah Tytler
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Laura Landolt
Department Political Science
Course POLS 499: Senior Seminar


Vietnam struggles to balance economic development with environmental preservation and democratic policy-making. This problem is faced by many Third World countries as they struggle to develop economically without destroying the resources they possess and without excluding the populace from the decision-making process. The focus of this paper is how best to achieve these seemingly incongruous goals in the state of Vietnam. I seek to discover the most effective process for creating economic growth and environmentally-sound practices that are also transparent and accountable to the citizens of Vietnam. The specific question at issue is whether state-led development or community-led development will most effectively balance these two goals.

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