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This paper explores the experiences of Cambodian French returnees who are contributing to transformative change in Cambodia as institutional entrepreneurs. In order to delve into how returnees and their work are perceived in both host and home country, this multi-sited research project was designed as a comparative case study. Data was collected through conversations with individual informants from the Lyonnese and Parisian Cambodian community as well as selected key informants in Phnom Penh. Excerpts of case studies are presented and discussed to illustrate the history, context and situation of their return as these influence their institutional entrepreneurial activities and the ways in which they use their transnational social networks as resources. It is argued that the process of return and the initiation of institutional entrepreneurship are best explored through the threefold activities of returnees’ brokering, bargaining and building for transformative change as affected by (trans)national opportunity structures and institutions.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Government
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • System of government
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
Copyright Unclear copyright
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The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs is an Open Access publication. It may be read, copied and distributed free of charge according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-4.0

Dr. Gea D. M. Wijers,

Author (individual) Wijiers, Gea D. M.
Publisher GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Asian Studies and Hamburg University Press
Publication date 2013
Pagination 24 p.
General note

Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Volume 32, Number 1, 3-27

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Date modified June 24, 2015, 04:12 (UTC)