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17
Jan
2018

The social contract, preferences for redistribution, and tax morale

David Doyle, Associate Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford; Gerard McCarthy, Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University (ANU)- Associate Director of ANU Myanmar Research Centre

Taxation is central to the social contract between citizens and the state. Yet little research has explored the relationship in developing countries between individual attitudes towards the social...

16
Jan
2018

The Centrality of Pork Amidst Weak Institutions: Presidents and the persistence of particularism in post-Marcos Philippines

Ronald Holmes

Abstract Pork barrelling, the common term for targeted spending driven by electoral incentives, is practised across many countries. The focus is generally upon projects and programs directed to...

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15
Jan
2018

The Populist Voter

Professor David Doyle, University of Oxford

Populism is on the rise. From Brexit to Donald Trump to Victor Orbán to Nicolàs Maduro, populism has dominated the news headlines over the last year. Increasingly, we are beginning to understand...

14
Dec
2017

Narrative and the meaning of democracy: the example of the Burmese democracy movement

Tamas Wells, University of Melbourne

Abstract The question of how the word ‘democracy’ is given meaning, by citizens and political actors in emerging democracies, has received increasing scholarly attention. If democracy does not...

12
Dec
2017

Saffron Salaams: How Muslims become Hindu nationalists

Felix Pal

Abstract In 2002 the paramilitary Hindu nationalist organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), founded the Muslim Rashtriya Manch. The Manch was designed by RSS leaders to be an...

05
Dec
2017

How is ethnicity realised in everyday life? A study of a town in eastern Shan State, Myanmar

Sai Maung

Abstract Since Myanmar’s political transition began in 2010, the country has been experiencing intense ethno-nationalist politics, particularly among competing elites. Many studies have focused on...

14
Nov
2017

Women, War and Military Reproduction in Kachinland, Myanmar

Jenny Hedström, doctoral student, Monash University

The on-going conflict in Kachinland poses a serious problem to the prospects of long-term peace and development in Myanmar. At the time of writing, over a 100,000 people have fled the weekly...

07
Nov
2017

For Whose Benefit? Distributive politics, inequality and informal institutions in Myanmar's transition

Gerard McCarthy

Abstract There are few advocates for state-mediated redistribution and social welfare in contemporary Myanmar. Social, economic and political reforms since 2012 culminated in the transfer of power...

02
Nov
2017

Nationalism and Natural Resources in Indonesia: A study of business and politics in the mining, palm oil and hydrocarbon sectors

Eve Warburton

Abstract During the global commodity boom, from approximately 2003-2013, the Indonesian government introduced an increasing number of nationalist policy interventions. Reflecting a global trend,...

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01
Nov
2017

The Rohingya of Myanmar: Past, Present and Future

Muhammed Aksu, Bluestar Intercultural, ACT and Trevor Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political & Social Change

Since 25 August 2017 international media have been overwhelmed by dramatic, visually graphic footage of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for their lives. This is not the first time a mass exodus...

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