patronage politics

Norén-Nilsson, Astrid: Cambodia at a Crossroads. The Narratives of Cambodia National Rescue Party Supporters after the 2013 Elections, pp. 261-278

Across Southeast Asia, election promises commonly centre on preferential access to state resources, rather than on policy platforms. In Cambodia, gift-giving practices have been a key strategy for the dominant Cambodian People’s Party to seek elec­toral support. The surge in support for opposition CNRP in the 2013 elections, cam­paigning on an anti-money politics agenda, raises questions about popular percep­tions of political gift-giving.

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