FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-04
Legislature under a One Party Regime: Case of China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
In this research project, we will analyze how the ruling party in China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia maintains its rule and legitimacy through the legislature by applying the knowledge obtained from previous works on authoritarianism. To date, the four countries in this study have not been given much attention in the existing studies of authoritarianism. However, today, there are some changes in the legislatures in these countries. For example, the legislatures in China, Vietnam, and Laos have more administrative supervisory power than before. Also, they play the role of reflecting public opinion in policy. These changes bestow legitimacy to the party. On the other hand, in Cambodia, the People's Party makes the legislature a mere formality in order to maintain its rule. By comparing those four countries, we believe we can provide new knowledge for the study of authoritarianism.
April 2013 - March 2015