My research

My research focuses mostly on Vietnamese politics. My current research tries to explain why state capacity varies in authoritarian regimes, and the impacts of this variation for their prospects of resilience and political change using the comparative case study of two within-typology authoritarian regimes (Vietnam and China).

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Here is the list of some of my reseacrh:


Nguyen, K.G.; Nguyen, Q.T(2018). Civil Society in Vietnam – an Institutional Approach. Danang Publishing House. ISBN: 978-604-84-3453-3. Vietnam’s Best Book in Economics in 2019 Award, Institute of Education (IRED).  (Vietnamese)

Nguyen D.T., Nguyen K.G., Vu S.C. (2015), The socio-economic costs of state-funded mass organizations in Vietnam. Hanoi: Hong Duc Publishing House. ISBN: 978-604-86-6964-5. (Vietnamese)

Journal papers and book chapters

Giang K. Nguyen & Thai Q. Nguyen (2021) Civil society and extractive capacity in authoritarian regimes: empirical evidence from Vietnam, Asian Journal of Political Science, DOI: 10.1080/02185377.2021.1880455

Nguyen, T.Q., Nguyen, G.K. (2020) The impacts of civil society and inequality on the extractive capacity of authoritarian regimes: a conceptual model and the case study of Vietnam. Constitutional Political Economy.

Nguyen K.G. (2020). Succession politics and authoritarian resilience in Vietnam. in Southeast Asian Affairs 2020, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. 

Nguyen, D.T.; Pham, V.L.; Nguyen, K.G (2020) . Governance for Urban Services in Vietnam. In Cheerma, S. (ed),  Governance for Urban Services: Access, Participation, Transparency, Accountability, Springer, Singapore.

Nguyen, K.G, Nguyen, Q.T. and Nguyen, T.T.(2017). Does Growth in Non-Profit Institutions Improve Government Transparency? A Case Study from Vietnam. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 286–295. 

Nguyen K.G. (2016). Ho khau in the media, policy discussions, and citizen perceptions. In Vietnam’s Household Registration System, World Bank report. ISBN: 978-604-948-153-6. 

Dinh T.M., Nguyen D.T., Nguyen K.G., Nguyen Q.T., Do T.H. (2016). Building a dominant party system compatible with market economy and civil society in Vietnam. In Dinh T.M., Pham T.A. (eds), From command state to developmental state (p. 31 – 100). Hong Duc Publishing House. ISBN: 978-604-943-386-3.

Nguyen K.G. (2016). Social media and its development trends in Vietnam. In Pham, H.C. and Bui, T.H. (2016) Social media. World Publishing House. ISBN: 978-60477-2823-7Nguyen K.G.(2015). The impacts of social media on the media landscape in Vietnam. Vietnam National University Journal of Science: Social Science and Humanities, Volume 31, No 1 (2015) 12-19. ISSN 2354 – 1172.