The November 2010 national elections, the first in 20 years, have initiated some noticeable political change in Myanmar. Despite shortcomings, subsequent post-election developments — such as release of political prisoners like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and by-elections — opened up rooms for greater academic debate. While some argue that ‘Myanmar is opening up’, others maintain scepticism considering it as an ‘illusion of change’. This edited book addresses this timely contemporary debate in a balanced fashion. Termed as ‘a transitional situation’, the book raised speculations and predictions about the elections, discussed positive and negative aspects of such restricted and controlled elections, and introduced the expectation of the general citizens of Myanmar of the elections. The first part of the book opens up the debate with a lively introduction by Skidmore and Wilson on the 2010 elections focusing on its likely impacts on political change, or its being a foundation for any real transfer of power. The main body of Ruling Myanmar is divided into three parts on the political challenges, economic developments and the role of international cooperation. The chapters on political challenges address various political circumstances and nation-building policies in Myanmar. Being critical of the failure of
Asian Journal of Social Science – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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