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Popular Resistance in Cambodia: The Rationale Behind Government Response

Sokphea, Y; (2016) Popular Resistance in Cambodia: The Rationale Behind Government Response. Asian Politics & Policy , 8 (4) pp. 593-613. 10.1111/aspp.12288. Green open access

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Abstract

Agrarian resistance often occurs as a result of expropriation and dispossession of poor farmers’ land and other properties. This paper examines how cost-benefit rational choice determined the government of Cambodia's response to poor farmers’ resistance to large-scale land acquisition for an agro-industrial investment. Theoretically, whatever mechanism a government chooses to respond to resistance, the aim is to retain more benefits, especially political legitimacy. In this study, the government, in collaboration with private companies, opted for a combination of strong repression and partial concession in response to the resistance by the communities. The study argues that this response is basically determined by cost-benefit calculations. However, the purpose is not to retain political legitimacy as theoretically argued, but to protect the economic interests of the client-patron networks that had developed between foreign companies and the powerful local politico-commercial personages associated with the regime.

Type: Article
Title: Popular Resistance in Cambodia: The Rationale Behind Government Response
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/aspp.12288
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aspp.12288
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Policy Studies Organization. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sokphea, Y; (2016) Popular Resistance in Cambodia: The Rationale Behind Government Response. Asian Politics & Policy , 8 (4) pp. 593-613, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/aspp.12288. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538575
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