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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PhD thesis

Nguyen, Khac Giang (2022): Political Accountability, State Capacity, and Authoritarian Resilience in Vietnam and China. Open Access Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington. Thesis. 


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

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

Journal papers and book chapters

Nguyen. K.G. (2022). The Great Divergence: Political Accountability and Extractive Capacity in Vietnam and China in the Reform Era. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 24/1 (June 2022): 41-64. [pdf download here]

Nguyen K.G. (2022). Why Accountability Differs in Vietnam and China? in Tuong Vu and Nhu Truong (ed). The Dragon’s Underbelly: Dynamics and Dilemmas in Vietnam’s Economy and Politics. Singapore: ISEAS (2022, forthcoming).

Nguyen K.G. & Thai Q. Nguyen (2022). From Periphery to Centre: The Self-evolution of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Central Committee. Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 44/1 (April 2022): 56-86. [pdf download here]

Nguyen KG & Thai Q. Nguyen (2021) Civil society and extractive capacity in authoritarian regimes: empirical evidence from Vietnam, Asian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 29/1: 110-130.

Nguyen, T.Q., Nguyen, KG. (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 Vol. 31: 489–508.  

Nguyen K.G. (2020). Succession politics and authoritarian resilience in Vietnam. in Southeast Asian Affairs 2020. Singapore: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute: 411-426.

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, Singapore: Springer: 255-279.

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 (2): 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. Hanoi: Hong Duc Publishing House: 31-100.

Nguyen K.G. (2016). Social media and its development trends in Vietnam. In Pham, H.C. and Bui, T.H. (2016). Social media. Hanoi: World Publishing House.

Nguyen 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 (1) (2015): 12-19.

Policy papers

(2022). The Vietnamese Maritime Militia: Myths and Realities. IP22040 IDSS Paper, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. 

(2022). The Vietnam-Japan Strategic Partnership in the Context of China’s Rise. In Japan’s Role for Southeast Asia Amidst the Great Power Competition. (p.51-62). Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) research report.