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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2005|