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Unwritten Rule: State-Making through Land Reform in Cambodia

Alice Beban


In 2012, Cambodia — an epicenter of violent land grabbing — announced a bold new initiative to develop land redistribution efforts inside agribusiness concessions. This book focuses on this land reform to understand the larger nature of democracy in Cambodia. The book contends that the national land-titling program, the so-called leopard skin land reform, was first and foremost a political campaign orchestrated by the world's longest-serving prime minister, Hun Sen. The reform aimed to secure the loyalty of rural voters, produce “modern” farmers, and wrest control over land distribution from l ... More

Keywords: Cambodia, land redistribution, land reform, democracy, Hun Sen, land tenure security, rural people, formal property rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753626
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Beban, author
Massey University