Land Titling and Cambodia’s Post-Neoliberal Conjuncture
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.
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