Against the odds: Building a coalition using a new federalism for unity and progress in Myanmar

This paper outlines an approach to progress in Myanmar. The paper builds upon field trips to the Kachin, Karen, Mon and Shan states and to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and uses the framework developed in the book “Why Nations Fail”. The author argues that a broad coalition of the incumbent party, the democratic opposition, ethnic groups and the military is needed to fundamentally change Myanmar’s orientation. This broad coalition should work for a new federalism in which states (at a minimum) have fairly elected governors and meaningful revenue sources so they can run many of their own affairs.

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Field Value
Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Economy and commerce
  • Elections
  • Ethnic minorities and indigenous people
  • Government
  • National government
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Contact

David Dapice, David_Dapice@harvard.edu; Thomas Vallely Thomas_Vallely@harvard.edu

Author (individual) Dapice, David
Co-author (individual) Vallely, Thomas
Publication place United States
Publisher Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia
Publication date 2013
Date uploaded June 16, 2015, 10:04 (UTC)
Date modified January 7, 2016, 21:07 (UTC)