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Disciplining democracy: Explaining the rhythms of Myanmar’s first Hluttaw, 2011-2016


Farrelly, N and Win, C, Disciplining democracy: Explaining the rhythms of Myanmar's first Hluttaw, 2011-2016, Public Policy in the 'Asian Century': Concepts, Cases and Futures, Palgrave Macmillan, S Bice, A Poole, H Sullivan (ed), London, pp. 87-117. ISBN 978-1-137-60251-0 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/978-1-137-60252-7_5


Myanmar’s first Hluttaw (Administrative Assembly, which ran from 2011 to 2016) proved that transitions from military dictatorship to new forms of government can occur rapidly, and unexpectedly. The formation of its new legislative culture introduced significant changes to Myanmar society. It also showcased a deliberate effort to evoke earlier systems of power in Myanmar society, especially those with monarchical or socialist designations. Future legislative cultures will likely draw on a similar array of cultural concepts, especially where they are rooted in Myanmar’s dominant Theravada Buddhist heritage. The first Hluttaw therefore offered a glimpse of the potential for Myanmar to create its own form of representative democracy, with a robust legislative culture and an awareness that unelected elites may one day take a lesser role in the country’s government.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Farrelly, N (Professor Nicholas Farrelly)
ID Code:140096
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-07-27
Last Modified:2021-07-15

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