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Burma ReduxGlobal Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar$
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Ian Holliday

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161275

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161275.001.0001

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Dictatorship and deadlock

Dictatorship and deadlock

(p.59) 3 Dictatorship and deadlock
Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes government by junta from 1988 to 2011. In September 1988, the restoration of military power subjected the country that would soon be called Myanmar to a fresh dictatorship. The government by junta generated significant change in national development, and in key respects recasted the political landscape. Examining the period in some detail allows the assessment of Myanmar at the start of its experiment in praetorian democracy, and enables it to be more than a mere snapshot. The chapter looks at political dispute, economic malaise, and social control under the generals before closing with an evaluation. Its twin themes are the dictatorship that dominated the country for more than two decades, and the deadlock that was a direct political consequence.

Keywords:   Burma, Myanmar, dictatorship, military power, junta government, political dispute, economic malaise, social control

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