The Persistence of Political Culture in Laos and Cambodia
There is a widespread view in the West that if the right institutions are put in place, democratic politics and free-market economics will follow. Yet history does not often bear this out. Laos and Cambodia provide case studies of how what undermines the intended functioning of political institutions has been the persistence of historically rooted political cultures. Understanding those political cultures goes some way to explaining not just the political inadequacies and economic failings of both countries, but also persistent resistance to transparent governance and spiralling corruption.
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Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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