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RETHINKING THE ROOTS OF LOCAL AUTONOMY: Preamble to the Cambodian Local Government In Search Of Theoretical Foundation

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Author: PRUM Virak

Abstract

There are but a few people who know about local government system in Cambodia, especially in terms of its problematic roots and theoretical foundation. This thesis explains the present Cambodian central-local relations in light of modern theories on the local autonomy viewed with experiences drawn from the Japanese context. First, this study will lay down a framework for analyzing the very facts deeply rooted inside the traditional politics of centralization; the intra-governmental relations, starting from the mixture of politics with the administration, the local interests deprived of guarantee, and the miss application of the theoretical local autonomy. Second, this paper fully discusses how these pre-conditions were actually translated into the legislation as an expression of state power. Finally, this thesis re-establishes the roots of the local autonomy based on four combined means involving the Constitution, the separation of the central-local powers, and the theories introduced to the judicial protection. The last part of the study will argue that local politics, to be mastered by local citizens, is one vital pre-condition of the “populist local autonomy”.

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