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The 86th Tobunken-ASNET seminar "The Tension between Self-sufficiency and Integration in Cambodia’s Modern History"

【Date】 February 6 (Thu), 17:00-18:00

【Venue】 Ground floor, Tobunken

【Speaker】 Andrew Cock(Research Fellow, JSPS)

【Title】 The Tension between Self-sufficiency and Integration in Cambodia’s Modern History


【Abstract】
The presentation undertakes a brief survey of Cambodian capitalism since the establishment of the French protectorate in the early 1860s so as to highlight some long-standing aims and practices of government. I put forward two central claims. The first is that land concessions have played a significant role in the evolution of the system of capitalism during the past 150 years. The second is that these concessions enshrine an enduring, sometimes active and sometimes latent desire by the elite for a particular type of autarky in the context of their practical imperative to benefit from economic and political ties that transcend Cambodia’s boundaries. This tension between “self-sufficiency” and “integration” continues to shape the distinctive and quite peculiar character of Cambodia’s political economy.