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Restructuring Vietnam's Urban Land Governance: New State Spaces in Ho Chi Minh City

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Title: Restructuring Vietnam's Urban Land Governance: New State Spaces in Ho Chi Minh City
Author: May, Kristy
Department: Department of Political Science
Program: Political Science
Advisor: Johnson, Craig
Abstract: Citing the emergence of high-end real estate, foreign capital, and western urban planning models, scholars emphasize the increasing role globalization and private sector actors play in Vietnam’s urbanization, and subsequent removal of the state from such processes. However, these analyses fail to capture the restructuring of state power and ‘new state space’ formation also occurring at the urban level. Seeking to bring clarity to contemporary urbanization processes in Vietnam and contribute to theoretical discussions about state spatial restructuring, this thesis analyzes the restructuring of urban land governance in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) after economic reforms began. To achieve this, I study two land development projects in HCMC, documenting state and non-state actors’ roles in the creation and governance of such spaces. This thesis finds that the state has actively restructured urban land governance in Vietnam as a strategy to create spaces for investment and maintain control over land resources.
Date: 2014-12
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