January 21, 2018

On 24/25 November 2011, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi (USSH) and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Vietnam (RLS) exchanged ideas and experiences on “Alternative Left Theory Paradigms in the Vietnam Socialist-Oriented Market Economy”.

The dialogue is part of cooperation between the USSH and the RLS about critical concepts of contemporary capitalism and alternative left theories, where both partners discuss progressive political ideas and solutions for a socially just and ecologically sustainable society in a neoliberal economic world order. While Germany has to seek its way with the perquisite of the relatively free market-oriented “social market economy”, Vietnam follows a mixed model since the 1986 Doi Moi reforms, that liberalised parts of the command economy, but still keeps a strong centralisation. While the social market economy already has a long history in its different forms in several countries, Vietnam is following uncharted paths with its “market economy with socialist orientation”.

Prof. Dr. Vu Cao Dam pointed out major questions that the conference tried to answer: What is the pattern of a market economy with socialist orientation? How are state-owned enterprises organised and how do they function in order to contribute to this economy? How should macro-economic institutions be established and how do they regulate this economy model? And what social and moral order should such a society have, in order to co-exist in a harmonised way with the model of market economy? The speakers covered various policy-fields in which the Vietnamese development model tries to balance the innovation and growth potentials of the markets with social justice and economic sustainability. As Prof. Dr. Duong Van Thịnh (Faculty of Philosophy, USSH) pointed out in her speech, this is not only an administrative challenge, but a question of balancing laws and morality. Therefore, further presentations completed the picture by covering issues of the rule of law (Prof. Dr. Trần Ngọc Hiên, former vice president, HCM Academy), and gender relations in business culture (Dr. Phạm Duy Hải, Faculty of Political Theory, VCU). The German speakers added strategies of the Left Party (Die Linke) in Germany to transform the current neoliberal excesses of social market economy in Germany towards the needs of solidarity, social justice and ecological sustainability (Dr. Konstanze Kriese, Department of Strategy and Basic Issues, Die Linke); experiences from eastern Germany for the “social and ecological reconstruction” in Germany (Dr. Thomas Michael, TU Berlin); as well as an analysis of the current crisis of the financial market capitalism; and experiences from Latin America (Dr. Stefan Schmalz, F.-S.-University of Jena). While the different concepts were being discussed critically, a consensus was obvious, that it is a crucial challenge to see the market economy as a means to the end of social justice.

The presentations were as follows:

 

Welcome Speech Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Văn Kim

Vice Rector, VNU-University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi

Opening Speech Ms. Nadja Charaby

Director, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Vietnam

Key note Speech Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm

Director, Centre for Policy Studies and Analysis, VNU-USSH HN

Speech: Solving Some Social Problems in the Process of Developing the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy Prof.Dr. Lưu Đạt Thuyết

Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration

Speech: Die Linke in Deutschland hat ein neues Programm – Gesellschaftliche Konfliktlinien, linke Angebote und offene Diskussionen in der Partei Dr. Kriese Katharina Konstanze

Department of Strategy and Basic Issues, Die Linke

Speech: The Left Wing Parties’ Way in Latin America – From the Real-Rule Perspective of the Economy Dr. Trần Thảo Nguyên

Head of Politics Department,Dai Nam University

Comments on the Speakers Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm

Ms. Nadja Charaby

Speech: The Leftist Theory of Social Justice and the Issue of Social Justice in Vietnam With a Socialist-Oriented Market Economy Prof.Dr. Trương Quốc Chính

National Administration and Public Academy

Speech: Implementation of Social Justice – The Basic Content in the Model of the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy in Vietnam Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Ngọc Hà

Institute of Philosophy

Speech: Einstiege in einen sozialökologischen und solidarischen Umbau. Erfahrungen aus Deutschland Dr. Thomas Bernhard Michael

Researcher, Technical University Berlin

Speech: The Realisation of Social Justice in the Context of the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy in Vietnam Today Prof., Dr. Dương Văn Thịnh

Faculty of Philosophy, VNU-USSH HN

Comments on the Speakers Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Văn Lịch

Dean of the Faculty of International Economy, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Prof.Dr. Nguyễn Anh Tuấn

Vice-Dean of Faculty of Philosophy, VNU-USSH HN

 

Welcome Speech Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Văn Kim

Vice Rector, VNU-University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi

Opening Speech Ms. Nadja Charaby

Director, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Vietnam

Key note Speech Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm

Director, Centre for Policy Studies and Analysis, VNU-USSH HN

Speech: Solving Some Social Problems in the Process of Developing the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy Prof.Dr. Lưu Đạt Thuyết

Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration

Speech: Die Linke in Deutschland hat ein neues Programm – Gesellschaftliche Konfliktlinien, linke Angebote und offene Diskussionen in der Partei Dr. Kriese Katharina Konstanze

Department of Strategy and Basic Issues, Die Linke

Speech: The Left Wing Parties’ Way in Latin America – From the Real-Rule Perspective of the Economy Dr. Trần Thảo Nguyên

Head of Politics Department,Dai Nam University

Comments on the Speakers Prof. Dr. Vũ Cao Đàm

Ms. Nadja Charaby

Speech: The Leftist Theory of Social Justice and the Issue of Social Justice in Vietnam With a Socialist-Oriented Market Economy Prof.Dr. Trương Quốc Chính

National Administration and Public Academy

Speech: Implementation of Social Justice – The Basic Content in the Model of the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy in Vietnam Prof. Dr. Nguyễn Ngọc Hà

Institute of Philosophy

Speech: Einstiege in einen sozialökologischen und solidarischen Umbau. Erfahrungen aus Deutschland Dr. Thomas Bernhard Michael

Researcher, Technical University Berlin

Speech: The Realisation of Social Justice in the Context of the Socialist-Oriented Market Economy in Vietnam Today Prof., Dr. Dương Văn Thịnh

Faculty of Philosophy, VNU-USSH HN

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