Spatial Practices and Border SEZs in Mekong Southeast Asia

D.L. Arnold

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Literature on special economic zones (SEZs) has made important contributions to our understand- ing of globalization and topics including labor rights, export-led development outcomes, and post- socialist experiments with market economies. Less understood is the geopolitics of contemporary economic zones. This article focuses on border economies and state activity regarding territorial integrity and regulation of migrant labor. The case studies in Cambodia and Thailand demonstrate that SEZs reflect, reinforce and expand states' reach, rather than prove exception to broader national orders of power. This understanding of contemporary SEZs enhances research agendas on state practices vis-a`-vis the `imperatives' of global economic integration and geopolitics. The changing role of SEZs in economic globalization reveals the complexity of state spatial practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-751
Number of pages11
JournalGeography Compass
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Cite this