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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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Democracy and deliberation

Democracy and deliberation

(p.81) 4 Democracy and deliberation
Burma Redux

Ian Holliday

Columbia University Press

The Myanmar of today faces major political challenges as a result of disintegration under colonial rule, dissent under military-backed state socialism, and deadlock under martial law. This chapter begins by looking at the disciplined democracy brought into being in 2011. It then looks beyond the sham democracy to consider domestic political futures. It switches to a Burma redux agenda and, in a speculative context of genuine democratization, explores issues of transitional process, national reconciliation, and transitional justice. Drawing on the considerable body of work amassed by comparative political science, it seeks not to lay down a fixed route for the Myanmar people, but rather to learn from experience elsewhere about the challenges they will in all probability encounter if they embark on large-scale institutional reform.

Keywords:   democracy, Burma, Myanmar, transitional process, national reconciliation, transitional justice

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