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Friction, Good Governance and the Poor: Cases from Cambodia

Hughes, C. (2013) Friction, Good Governance and the Poor: Cases from Cambodia. International Peacekeeping, 20 (2). pp. 144-158.

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Friction is a zone of contingency where creative responses of local and international agents produce unexpected effects. Viewing ‘good governance’ in this light allows better appreciation of the blurring of boundaries between international prescriptions and local cultures, often regarded as antithetical in the Cambodian case. In fact, actors in Cambodia mobilize both a newly invigorated domestic cultural discourse and international ways of working to pursue struggles over development in the post-conflict context. However, elite actors are much better placed to do this successfully than are the poor.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: Taylor and Francis
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