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Introduction to Part II
ByMICHAEL W. DOWDLE
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This section explores the public law aspect of China’s and Vietnam’s legal evolution. Public law involves the use of positive law as a means for controlling public or governmental behavior. The emergence and evolution of notions of public law in China and Vietnam present us with a wonderful vantage point from which to think about the possible innate trajectories that might underlie legal development. A comparison of the emergence and development of a public law framework in both China and Vietnam strongly suggests that trajectories of development are much more the product of spontaneous and autocthonous environmental dynamics than of the issues of design and/or political intentionality (i.e., “political will”) that presently dominate developmental literature.