Exalting the Latecomer State: Intellectuals and the State during the Chinese and Vietnamese Reforms

TitleExalting the Latecomer State: Intellectuals and the State during the Chinese and Vietnamese Reforms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsWoodside, A
JournalThe China Journal
Volume40
Pagination9-36
ISBN Number1324-9347
KeywordsAREA STUDIES, article, Attitudes, China (People's Republic) – Government and politics, China: Economic policy, China: Politics and government, Communism – Asia, Comparative government, Education, Elite – Asia, Intellectuals – Political activities, Intelligentsia, Mandarinism, MAO TSE-TUNG, Peasantry – Asia, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, Philosophy, POLITICAL-CULTURE, Public administration, Public administration – Asia, Reform, REFORMERS, Southeast Asia: Economic policy, Southeast Asia: Politics and government, state, The – Asia, Vietnam, Vietnam – Government and politics
Abstract

THE AUTHOR EXAMINES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLECTUALS AND THE STATE IN THE CURRENT REFORM ERA IN COMMUNIST CHINA AND VIETNAM. HE DISCUSSES THE TWO REVOLUTIONS' ASSAULT UPON MANDARINISM AND THE LATECOMER CONCEPT IN CHINESE AND VIETNAMESE REFORM IDEOLOGY.; Argues that both reform processes share historically determined features, such as costly and shapeless state administration, traditional rural corporatism, and mandarinism; focus on role of intellectuals; since the 1970s. Use of the "latecomer" notion to objectify ordinary people as "the peasant problem", and turn political problems into administrative ones.