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Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy

Sophal Ear


This book reveals the pernicious effects of aid dependence and its perversion of Cambodian democracy. It analyzes the period since international intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and shows how the country’s social indicators and the integrity of its political institutions declined rapidly within a few short years, while inequality grew dramatically. It argues that international intervention and foreign aid resulted in higher maternal mortality rates and unprecedented corruption by the mid-2000s. Similarly it shows that the more aid-dependent a country ... More

Keywords: foreign aid, Cambodia, intervention, aid dependence, democracy, inequality, international community, sustainable development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161121
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161121.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophal Ear, author
Naval Postgraduate School