Journal article

Rice policy in a transitional economy: balancing the social and political objectives

Nguyen Hoa-Thi-Minh, Huong Do, Adrian Kay, Tom Kompas

FOOD SECURITY | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


Rice is an important component on the global food security agenda. However, prevailing economic analysis suggests that rice policy globally is often damaging and not economically efficient, rendering food security as a goal highly vulnerable to volatility in the world rice market. This paper explores the case of Vietnam’s rice policy as a key rice exporter, a country that has developed highly distinctive policy settings to manage the inherent tensions between ‘socialist’ policy legacies and ‘market-based’ objectives during an economy-wide liberalisation process. In open economy political terms, our case study facilitates the exploration of two key issues. First, how well the OECD-centric con..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Tran Cong Thang and Nhung Cam Nguyen for their help with the interviews for this research. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University, and we thank all interviewees for their participation. The paper has been developed substantially from a Crawford school discussion paper, with thanks to two anonymous referees, the Senior Editor, Philip Taylor and the participants of Vietnam Update 2017, East Asian Economic Association 2018, Vietnam Symposium on Leadership and Public Policy 2018, Carsten Daugbjerg, Frode Veggeland and the participants of the European Consortium of Political Research 2019.