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Cambodia in 2022: Crime and Misgovernance

Loughlin, N. (2023). Cambodia in 2022: Crime and Misgovernance. Asian Survey, 63(2), pp. 324-335. doi: 10.1525/as.2023.63.2.324


The year 2022 began with a newly anointed leader-in-waiting in Hun Manet, the eldest son of prime minister Hun Sen. This formalized a process of hereditary succession underway for several years. Notwithstanding the prospect of change at the top, the authoritarian modus operandi of Cambodian politics continued in much the same way as in previous years, with government harassment of the opposition, a series of politically motivated court cases, and repression of civil society. Cambodia managed a relatively uneventful year as chair of ASEAN, but its international reputation was badly tarnished when its centrality to a surge in international criminal scamming operations and associated trafficking in persons shone a light on the corrupted nature of the country’s political economy. The economy began to recover from the effects of COVID-19, due in part to investment from China, but the consequences of the pandemic continued to be felt, particularly among poorer citizens.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Cambodia, authoritarianism, ASEAN; China, crime; corruption, political economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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