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Caretaking Democratization

Renaud Egreteau

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780190620967
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190686468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190620967.001.0001
Caretaking Democratization

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This book examines the political landscape that followed the 2010 elections in Myanmar and the subsequent transition from direct military rule to a semi-civilian, ‘hybrid’ regime. Striking political, social, and economic transformations have indeed taken place in the long-isolated country since the military junta disbanded in March 2011. To better construe – and question – what has routinely been labelled a ‘Burmese Spring’, the book examines the reasons behind the ongoing political transition, as well as the role of the Burmese armed forces in the process. The book draws on in-depth interviews with Burmese political actors, party leaders, parliamentarians, active and retired army officers. It also takes its cue from comparative scholarship on civil-military relations and post-authoritarian politics, looking at the ‘praetorian’ logic to explain the transitional moment. Myanmar’s road to democratic change is, however, paved with obstacles. As the book suggests, the continuing military intervention in domestic politics, the resilience of bureaucratic, economic and political clientelism at all levels of society, the towering presence of Aung San Suu Kyi, the shadowy influence of regional and global powers, and the enduring concerns about interethnic and interreligious relations, all are strong reminders of the series of elemental conundrums which Myanmar will have to deal with in order to achieve democratization, sustainable development and peace.

Keywords: Myanmar; Democratization; Pacted transition; Military regime; Civil-military relations; Political reforms; Aung San Suu Kyi

Book.  224 pages. 

Subjects: Asian Politics

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