Burma/Myanmar <sup>*</sup> : The Struggle for Democracy and Ethnic Rights

Alan Smith

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI:
 						Burma/Myanmar 							* 						: The Struggle for Democracy and Ethnic Rights

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Burma presents a paradigm case in which the state is faced with the demands for democratisation and demands for ethnocultural recognition and self-government. To date, the state has failed to successfully address either challenge. This chapter explores some of the historical and political factors that explain this failure, and considers the prospects for democratic multination federalism.

Keywords: Burma; Myanmar; minority rights; multination federalism; democracy; ethnic minorities

Chapter.  11913 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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