[TimorLesteStudies] Caroline Hughes's DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES now available from SEAP

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Wed Apr 29 09:23:46 EST 2009

>Now Available from Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications
>Dependent Communities: Aid and Politics in Cambodia and East Timor
>by Caroline Hughes
>Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications 
>SEAP) is pleased to announce the publication of Dependent 
>Communities: Aid and Politics in Cambodia and East Timor by Caroline 
>Hughes, which investigates the political situations in contemporary 
>Cambodia and East Timor, where powerful international donors 
>intervened following deadly civil conflicts.
>Books published by SEAP are now distributed around the world, except 
>in Southeast Asia, by Cornell University Press. This book is 
>available through Cornell UP from your favorite bookseller, directly 
>from Cornell University Press via our website ( 
>www.cornellpress.cornell.edu), or by calling our customer service 
>department at 1-800-666-2211. Customers in Europe and the UK can 
>order books from NBN International: 
>Customers in Australia and New Zealand can purchase books from 
>Footprint Book Distributors: http://www.footprint.com.au/. (In 
>Southeast Asia, SEAP titles are distributed by APD: http://www.apdsing.com/.)
>Mahinder Kingra, Marketing Manager
>Cornell University Press
># # #
>About Dependent Communities
>Dependent Communities investigates the political situations in 
>contemporary Cambodia and East Timor, where powerful international 
>donors intervened following deadly civil conflicts. This comparative 
>analysis critiques international policies that focus on rebuilding 
>state institutions to accommodate the global market. In addition, it 
>explores the dilemmas of politicians in Cambodia and East Timor who 
>struggle to satisfy both wealthy foreign benefactors and 
>constituents at home-groups whose interests frequently conflict.
>Caroline Hughes argues that the policies of Western aid 
>organizations tend to stifle active political engagement by the 
>citizens of countries that have been torn apart by war. The 
>neoliberal ideology promulgated by United Nations administrations 
>and other international NGOs advocates state sovereignty, but in 
>fact "sovereignty" is too flimsy a foundation for effective modern 
>democratic politics. The result is an oppressive peace that tends to 
>rob survivors and former resistance fighters of their agency and 
>aspirations for genuine postwar independence.
>In her study of these two cases, Hughes demonstrates that the 
>clientelist strategies of Hun Sen, Cambodia's postwar leader, have 
>created a shadow network of elites and their followers that has been 
>comparatively effective in serving the country's villages, even 
>though so often coercive and corrupt. East Timor's postwar leaders, 
>on the other hand, have alienated voters by attempting to follow the 
>guidelines of the donors closely and ignoring the immediate needs 
>and voices of the people.
>Dependent Communities offers a searing analysis of contemporary 
>international aid strategies based on the author's years of 
>fieldwork in Cambodia and East Timor.
>Caroline Hughes is Associate Professor of Governance Studies at 
>Murdoch University, Australia; a fellow of the Murdoch Asia Research 
>Centre; and an advisor to the Cambodia Development Resource 
>Institute in Phnom Penh. She is the author of The Political Economy 
>of Cambodia's Transition and UNTAC in Cambodia: The Impact on Human 
>Rights, and is the coeditor of Conflict and Change in Cambodia.
># # #
>Mr. Mahinder S. Kingra, Marketing Manager
>Cornell University Press
>Sage House, 512 E. State Street
>Ithaca, NY 14850
>Tel: 607-277-2338, x255
>Fax: 607-277-2397
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