Cambodia in 2004: An artificial democratization process

Melanie Beresford*

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Cambodia in 2004 continued its difficult labor of democratization. Elite infighting, the assassination of a prominent trade union leader, and the maneuvering of a king to ensure the safety of his dynasty dominated the political landscape during the year. Economic growth slowed, compared with previous years, and continued to be heavily concentrated in urban areas. While World Trade Organization accession in October was seen in elite circles as the key to preserving Cambodia's position in the global garment trade, few resources have trickled down to the majority rural population. The widening distribution gap may be seen as evidence for the view that barriers have been erected to substantive democratization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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Published as 'Asian survey : a bimonthly review of contemporary Asian affairs, Jan/Feb 2005, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp. 134-139'. © 2005 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on [Caliber (] or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center,


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