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Reforming Cambodian Local Administration: Is Institutional History Unreceptive for Decentralization?

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Author: PRUM Virak

Publication date: September 2005

Type of document: Doctoral paper

Language: English

Abstract

Recent studies have shown that decentralization in Cambodia is limited by both cultural (Blunt and Turner 2005) and legal constraints (Prum 2005). However, little is known of the overall development of its local administration from the proto-State till 2001, the date of the adoption of the law on decentralization. Also, the birth of Khum administration (communal level), which is the only level covered by the current decentralization policy, has been taken for granted. By providing a close examination on how primitive local administration had evolved with an emphasis on the periods prior to and during the French colonization, this article argues that decentralization is not an unacceptable reform when viewed with the institutional history.

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