Democratic dawn? : Civil society and elections in Myanmar 2010 – 2012

While the general elections in Myanmar in November 2010 were widely condemned, both national and international actors approached the by-elections of April 2012 as a political rite-de-passage to improve relations between 
While the general elections in Myanmar in November 2010 were widely condemned, both national and international actors approached the by-elections of April 2012 as a political rite-de-passage to improve relations between the government and the opposition inside, and between the former pariah state and the international community outside the country. An undercurrent to the government-led transition process from an authoritarian to a formally more democratic regime was the development of a politically oriented civil society that found ways to engage in the electoral process. This article describes the emerging spaces of election-related civil society activism in the forms of civic and voter education, national election observation, and election-related agency in the media. Noting that, in particular, election observation offers connections for civil society to regional and international debates, the paper draws preliminary conclusions about further developments ahead of the general elections in Myanmar expected for 2015.
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Author:Michael Lidauer
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-275264
URL: http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jsaa/article/view/546
ISSN:1868-1034
ISSN:1868-4882
Parent Title (English):Journal of current Southeast Asian affairs
Publisher: Inst. of Asian Studies
Place of publication:Hamburg
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2012/11/30
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2012/11/30
Tag:Burma; Myanmar; democratisation; election observation; media
Volume:31
Issue:2
Pagenumber:28
First Page:87
Last Page:114
Note:
The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs is an Open Access publication. It may be read, copied and distributed free of charge according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
HeBIS PPN:314293507
Institutes:Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK)
Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0

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