Too much foreign aid is used in Cambodia as a substitute for local revenue, making it hard for people to hold their government accountable, a US-based analyst says. Sophal Ear, author of “Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy,” told VOA's Im Sothearith of the Khmer Service in a recent interview that when people don’t pay enough taxes, they don’t own part of the democratic process. “No taxation means no representation,” he said. “In a place like Cambodia, because tax revenues are lower than foreign aid, I am wondering who is answering to whom?”

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