In his paper, the author Nguyen Van Tung gives a description and comparative analysis of Vietnam’s 13th National Assembly (NA) election that took place in May 2011.
The thesis is that the NA, while under the extended control of the party, maintained an enhanced and relatively independent position towards the government. Though still far from fitting the model of “separation of powers”, the NA proved itself as a counterbalance to the government. It is comprised of four sections: (i) Socio-political and economic conditions of Vietnam at the time of the election; (ii) The election process and its results; (iii) An analysis of the 13th NA in comparison with previous terms; (iv) Discussion and recommendations.
The study can be downloaded here.