PhD defence by Seohee Kwak

Public action in Vietnam: Between toleration and repression
PhD student
Seohee Kwak
Thursday 7 Apr 2022, 16:00 - 18:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Seohee Kwak

On 7 April 2022, Seohee Kwak will defend her thesis on 'Public action in Vietnam: Between toleration and repression'

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In this exploratory research, Seohee Kwak argues that political action cannot be taken at face value in the context of authoritarian rule. She aims to provide a wide-ranging account of people’s opportunities for and repertoires of political action in the institutional setting of the Vietnamese single-party regime.

She finds that  people’s opportunities for and repertoires of individual and collective political action are limited and precarious, due to unpredictability in the party-state’s discretionary responses between toleration and repression.

Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Wil Hout, ISS
Dr Joop de Wit

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Tuong Vu, University of Oregon
Dr Thaveeporn Vasavakul, Governance Support Facility
Professor Carolien van Ham, Radboud University
Dr Jonathan London, Leiden University
Dr Roy Huijsmans, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Auditorium of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

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