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Land, Volume 8, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The Vietnamese government’s proposed amendments to the Land Law will, for the first time in [...] Read more. The Vietnamese government’s proposed amendments to the Land Law will, for the first time in decades, enable the private sector to hold large concentrations of land. The policy has been controversial, as many perceive it as a shift from the state’s previous approach of returning “land to the tiller” to a situation where companies could operate as “new landlords”. This paper examines key narratives and logic in the government’s proposed policy change, as well as counter-narratives among critics and early experiments with land concentration. It discusses how the risks, benefits, and legitimacy of the policy change are understood by different stakeholders, and the implications for public perceptions regarding state legitimacy. View this paper.