The paper explores contestations playing out in constitutional debates around the 1992 constitutional amendments with a focal point in the exercise of discursive power and struggles for change. The paper discusses the significance of conflict in the constitutional reform process re-initiated in 2011. It demonstrates how the emphasis on stability and harmonious integration in initial constitutional amendment proposals has been compromised and renegotiated in the face of sustained criticisms of the constitution that draw on non-orthodox ideological foundations. The contestations that characterize constitutional reform discourse reveals how conflict is a significant driver of the changes presently underway in Vietnam.

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