Political transition in Myanmar: prospects and problems

Kingsbury,D 2014, Political transition in Myanmar: prospects and problems, Asian politics and policy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 351-373, doi: 10.1111/aspp.12115.

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Title Political transition in Myanmar: prospects and problems
Author(s) Kingsbury,DORCID iD for Kingsbury,D orcid.org/0000-0001-9987-4688
Journal name Asian politics and policy
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 351
End page 373
Total pages 23
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-07
ISSN 1943-0779
1943-0787
Keyword(s) Army
Democratization
Liberalization
Politics
Power
Transition
Summary Since 2011, Myanmar has been undergoing a political transition that, in keeping with the Myanmar government's own claims, has been hailed by many previously critical countries as the start of a process of democratization. Myanmar has become a substantially more liberal country, and in particular its economy has been increasingly liberalized, away from the tight restrictions of the past. However, Myanmar's economic liberalization primarily benefits its entrenched and usually military-dominated or linked elites, while its political liberalization may be just enough to satisfy an appearance of democratization without the army giving up real power. This article looks at Myanmar's process of political liberalization set against some of the literature on political transitions, and highlights some factors that could militate against extensive reform, much less democratization. It concludes by noting that while Myanmar's military has started to step back from direct political control, it still retains ultimate state authority. © 2014 Policy Studies Organization.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/aspp.12115
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Wiley
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