Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Engel, S. N. 2008, ''The World Bank and Neoliberal hegemony in Vietnam'', in R. Howson & K. M. Smith (eds), Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion, 1 edn, Routledge, New York. pp. 159-183.


[extract] There is a growing literature in the discipline of International Political Economy (IPE) that draws on the work of Antonio Gramsci for theoretical, political, and methodological inspiration and insight. This chapter provides an introduction to the ways that Gramsci's concept of hegemony is utilised in IPE. However, in line with the view that the 'fabric of hegemony cannot be analysed at the level of theory but only by a concrete analysis' (Morton 2003, 139), the main focus of this chapter is an analysis of the role of one of the key international financial institutions in the world today, the World Bank, and how it operates in a transition country, Vietnam.