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Governing Access to Essential Resources$
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Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001

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Redirecting Regulation?

Redirecting Regulation?

Land Titling and Cambodia’s Post-Neoliberal Conjuncture

Chapter:
(p.186) Chapter 8 Redirecting Regulation?
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Governing Access to Essential Resources
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Michael B. Dwyer

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.003.0008

Dwyer documents the failure of ambitious land titling schemes in the aftermath of Cambodia’s civil war. The post-war Cambodian government allowed farmers to apply for recognition of title, which quickly evolved into a system of quasi-titles. At the same time, the government sought to spur economic development by granting concessions to timber extraction companies. As Dwyer shows, newly emergent smallholdings on one hand and large-scale land control via concession agreements on the other set the stage for a sharply bifurcated property regime that not infrequently gave rise to conflicts. In short, Dwyer argues that governing essential resources requires more than minimum regulation in the form of zoning or titling programs, which are oblivious to domestic and global power relations.

Keywords:   Cambodia, land titling, land grab, neoliberal development

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