Beyond Democracy in Cambodia
Political Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Society
edited by Joakim Öjendal & Mona Lilja
Democracy in Asia # 12
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For more than three decades Cambodia lived with civil war and genocide. After the peace agreement, major reconstruction efforts and UN-supervised elections in the 1990s, it was hoped that the ravages of the past could be repaired. Instead, one political crisis after another has ensued. And to the extent that some political stability has emerged, seemingly this has been won at the expense of democracy. Moreover, reconstruction efforts appear to be at odds with processes of liberal democratization.
This volume (written by a broad mix of Khmer and non-Khmer researchers) is the first study to assess the post-conflict democratization process in Cambodia in a systematic and in-depth empirical way. In going beyond a one-dimensional view of democracy, the full complexity of this process is illuminated. Not only does the volume focus on the successes and failures of Cambodia’s political elite but also it looks beyond Cambodia, assessing the extent to which the globally applied post-conflict strategy of intervention followed by early elections, hoping for rapid democratization, is sustainable and progressive.
Joakim Ojendal is Professor of Peace and Development Research at Gothenburg University in Sweden. He has written extensively on Asia, and in particular on democratization in Cambodia. Currently he leads several research projects, including on post-conflict reconstruction and democratic decentralization, and engages in policy work in this area. Among his earlier works is Southeast Asian Responses to Globalization, published by NIAS Press in 2004.
Mona Lilja teaches at Gothenburg University’s School of Global Studies. She has previously written on female political leadership strategies in democratization and development processes, with her monograph Power, Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia published by NIAS Press earlier in 2008. Currently she is engaged in a research project on ’hybrid democratization’ in Cambodia.
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Beyond Democracy in Cambodia. Political Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Society? Joakim Ojendal and Mona Lilja
2. Reconstructing Legitimate Political Authority through Elections? Caroline Hughes
3. The Judicial System and Democratization in Post-Conflict Cambodia. Kheang Un
4. Decemtralization as a Strategy for State Reconstruction in Cambodia. Kim Sedara and Joakim Ojendal
5. Globalization, Women's Political Participation and the Politics of Legitimacy and Reconstruction in Cambodia. Mona Lilja
6. The Political Economy of Aid and Regime Legitimacy in Cambodia. Sophal Ear
7. (Re)Creating Local Political Legitimacy through Governance Intervention? Malin Hasselskog
8. Cambodian Religion since 1989. John Marston
9. Re-establishing Legitimacy through the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts if Cambodia. Laura McGrew
10. The Never-Ending Hunt for Political Legitimacy in a Post-Conflict Context. Mona Lilja and Joakim Ojendal
Table 6.1 Royal Government of Cambodia Aid Requests, Donor Pledges and Disbursements.
Mona Lilja has a Ph. D. in Peace and Development Research and work as lecturer and researcher at the Department of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr Lilja has previously written about Cambodian women and their different strategies fighting an uneven distribution of power between men and women within the political sector. Currently, she is engaged in a research project on the ‘hybrid democratization’ in Cambodia. Dr Lilja’s publications on contemporary Cambodian Politics dealing with issues of power, democracy, and gender have appeared in, for example, Asian Perspectives or UN’s New Voices, New Perspectives and in a number of edited books. She is also the writer of the monograph Power, Resistance and Women Politicians in Cambodia: Discourses of Emancipation, Nias Press.
Read Mona Lilja's blog Resistance Studies.
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