The Regulatory Review: Vietnam’s Astonishing Success at Curbing COVID-19 Outbreaks

Decades-long efforts in Vietnam to improve local governance have kept recorded coronavirus cases low.

Vietnam, the fifteenth-most populous country in the world, with 96 million people, has reported a mere 328 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and zero deaths.

Commentators have attributed Vietnam’s effective response to a host of factors, including the government’s early actions to close schools and borders, extensive contact tracing and mass quarantine, and past experience with SARS. A puzzle, however, still remains: What enables compliance with these restrictive measures in a single-party state that is otherwise notorious for struggling to enforce rules? Giving credit mainly to Vietnam’s authoritarian toolkit risks missing a more salient narrative about Vietnam’s decades-long effort to improve governance and responsiveness at local levels.

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