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The Politics of Coercion - Forthcoming

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Author: Neil Loughlin

In The Politics of Coercion, Neil Loughlin explains the persistence of Cambodia's authoritarian regime for more than four decades. It provides a historically grounded investigation of the country's ruling coalition: political elites, many drawn from within the state's coercive apparatus who, in coordination with state-dependent tycoons, have come to control Cambodia's politics and its economy. Loughlin presents new empirical data foregrounding the coercive underpinnings of the modern Cambodian state and its party, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP).

The focus on coercion reflects the regime's conflict and post-conflict evolution and extractive political economy, as the ruling coalition failed to channel popular interests through its political institutions, thus resorting to low-intensity forms of coercion such as intimidation and surveillance, and at other times to high-intensity coercion such as violent crackdowns and extrajudicial killings.

Through a critical re-evaluation of regime origins and evolution in its relationship with citizens, The Politics of Coercion reconceptualizes the CPP to emphasize the obstacles—structural, institutional, and distributional—to building a mass-based clientelist or developmentally legitimate authoritarian party.

Neil Loughlin is Lecturer in Comparative Politics at City, University of London. His work focuses on authoritarian politics and the political economy of development on the Southeast Asia region, where he previously worked for local and international human rights, democracy and development organizations.



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Publication Year: 2024

ISBN: 9781501776588