Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - CPP’s Millennial Voters Challenge: From Client to Critical Citizenry?

Thursday, March 22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Tyler, Mezzanine Level

With a downward trend in support for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in the 2013 national election and the recent 2017 local election, a high turnout of millennial voters, many of whom migrate to work far from home, could make an unprecedented impact on the highly anticipated 2018 election outcomes by shifting power in favor of the opposition party. The 2018 election results will not only test Hun Sen’s longevity as Asia’s longest serving authoritarian prime minister, it will also finally reveal whether the Cambodian young generation can vote with conscience as an empowered and engaged citizenry. Although elections have been regularly held in Cambodia since the 1993 United Nation’s organized election, the older generation’s engagement with electoral politics has been overshadowed by fear, lack of choice, and complacence towards the status quo. Based on results from a national representative survey of Cambodian voters, this paper discusses electorates’ interests, attitudes, and patterns of engagement with politics and democracy in Cambodia in time of rapid social and economic changes.

Netra Eng

Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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