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People as the Roots (of the State): Democratic Elements in the Politics of Traditional Vietnamese Confucianism

Vietnam transitioned to a market economy from a planned one in 1986, the fusion of socialist and capitalist ideas has brought about massive economic and political changes to the country ( Vuong 2014 ; Vuong 2019 ). Several studies have looked at the development of grassroots or village democracy in Vietnam ( Zingerli 2004 , Duong 2004 , Wells-Dang 2010 ), but none has examined the feudal rhetoric and its relevance today. Before delving into the thesis of this paper, the next section reviews some major debates in the literature. 1 Filling the Gap While

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