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Social movements in Cambodia: why they succeed or fail

Young, S; (2019) Social movements in Cambodia: why they succeed or fail. Journal of International Relations and Development 10.1057/s41268-019-00175-7. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In social movements and contentious politics, the factors determining success or failure of a movement remain contested since different scholars tend to argue differently. As a contribution to this debate, this paper draws on two cases representing the relative success and failure of movements targeting the government of Cambodia and foreign joint venture investments to address the communities’ grievances. The paper reveals that, while other factors such as strategies, resource mobilisation, networks and corporate behaviour remain necessary to the debate, the variation in outcome is essentially determined by the patron–client network, a political dynamic employed by the neo-patrimonial rulers to cling onto power.

Type: Article
Title: Social movements in Cambodia: why they succeed or fail
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41268-019-00175-7
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41268-019-00175-7
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Neo-patrimonialism, Patron–client network, Political opportunity structures, Social movement outcomes, Success or failure
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087995
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