Inside Myanmar's Turbulent Transformation

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 38-47, January 2016, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

10 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2016

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Nicholas Farrelly

Australian National University (ANU)

Chit Win

Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: January 15, 2016

Abstract

Since constitutional government began in 2011, Myanmar's shift from an entrenched military regime has drawn wide interest from policy analysts. This article explores the context of Myanmar's fragile democratisation from the ground up. It explains two interlocking characteristics: the fundamentally novel character of reform and the endurance of age-old conundrums. For longer term success, ensuring that Myanmar has adequate capacity — at institutional and human levels — to manage its turbulent transformation will not be easy or cheap. This will also require a move away from stale rhetoric about non-disintegration, national solidarity and the perpetuation of sovereignty. The next step is to develop a culture of adherence to free and fair elections, followed by a wide-ranging democratisation of how post-dictatorship politics is conceived.

Keywords: democratisation, dictatorship, militaries, transition, Myanmar

Suggested Citation

Farrelly, Nicholas and Win, Chit, Inside Myanmar's Turbulent Transformation (January 15, 2016). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 38-47, January 2016, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739531

Nicholas Farrelly (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Australia

Chit Win

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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