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Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Hardcover): Roman David, Ian Holliday Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Hardcover)
Roman David, Ian Holliday
R1,301 Discovery Miles 13 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Historic Myanmar elections in November 2015 paved the way for an NLD government led by Aung San Suu Kyi to take office in March 2016, and saw the country deepen its graduated transition away from authoritarian rule. Nevertheless, military forces that for decades dominated national politics remain privileged in a constitutional framework designed to deliver 'discipline-flourishing democracy'. In August 2017, the military intensified its campaign of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, and more than 750,000 refugees fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. One critical question that now confronts the fifty million people of this Southeast Asian nation is whether their push for greater democracy is strong enough to prevail over the resistance of a powerful military machine and swelling undercurrents of intolerance. What are the prospects for liberal democracy in Myanmar? This book addresses this question by examining historical conditions, constitutionalism, popular support for democracy, major political actors, group relations and tolerance, and transitional justice. To probe the meaning and purchase of key concepts it presents a rich array of evidence, including eighty-eight in-depth interviews and three waves of surveys and survey experiments conducted by the authors between 2014 and 2018, all of which are triangulated with constitutional and legal texts and reports issued locally and globally. The analysis culminates in the concept of limited liberalism, which reflects an at times puzzling blend of liberal and illiberal attitudes. The book concludes that a weakening of liberal commitments among politicians and citizens alike, allied with spreading limited liberal attitudes, casts doubt on the prospects for liberal democracy in Myanmar.

Burma Redux - Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (Hardcover, New): Ian Holliday Burma Redux - Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (Hardcover, New)
Ian Holliday
R1,736 R1,280 Discovery Miles 12 800 Save R456 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Contemporary Myanmar faces a number of political challenges, and it is unclear how other nations should act in relation to the country. Prioritizing the opinions of local citizens and reading them against the latest scholarship on this issue, Ian Holliday affirms the importance of foreign interests in Myanmar's democratic awakening, yet only through committed, grassroots strategies of engagement encompassing foreign states, international aid agencies, and global corporations.

Holliday supports his argument by using multiple sources and theories, particularly ones that take historical events, contemporary political and social investigations, and global justice literature into account, as well as studies that focus on the effects of democratic transition, the aid industry, and socially responsible corporate investing and sanctions. One of the only volumes to apply broad-ranging global justice theories to a real-world nation in flux, "Burma" "Redux will appeal to professionals researching Burma/Myanmar; political advisers and advocacy groups; nonspecialists interested in Southeast Asian politics and society and the local and international problems posed by pariah states; general readers who seek a richer understanding of the country beyond journalistic accounts; and the Burmese people themselves -- both within the country and in diaspora. Burma Redux "is also the first book-length study on the nation to be completed after the contentious general elections of 2010.

Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover): Stephen de Wijze, Eve Garrard Thinking Towards Humanity - Themes from Norman Geras (Hardcover)
Stephen de Wijze, Eve Garrard; Contributions by David Aaronovitch, Ophelia Benson, Gideon Calder, …
R1,724 Discovery Miles 17 240 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How should we respond to the inhumanity that suffused the 20th Century and continues in the present one? Has there been an adequate treatment of this issue by the political left? Questions such as these are treated in this, the first scholarly book to combine academic and blogging approaches to some of the major political issues of the day. It does this by focusing on the work of Norman Geras - Marxist, political philosopher and blogger - and developing the central themes of his work such as crimes against humanity, the Holocaust, Marxism, and the means/ends problem in politics. It contains contributions by famous political philosophers such as Michael Walzer, Hillel Steiner and David McLennan, and bloggers and journalists such as David Aaronovitch, Nick Cohen and Ophelia Benson. The book contains a unique response by Geras in which he draws together the various themes it covers. It will be of interest to all who are concerned with these pressing political issues of our times. The book will be particularly relevant for those with an academic or general interest in politics, philosophy, sociology, genocide studies, applied ethics, international relations, and law. It will also be of interest to bloggers and all those who regard the new technology as having significant implications for public debate on these issues.

Fundamentals in British Politics (Paperback): Ian Holliday, Andrew Gamble, Geraint Parry Fundamentals in British Politics (Paperback)
Ian Holliday, Andrew Gamble, Geraint Parry
R986 Discovery Miles 9 860 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This important textbook is designed to complement the highly successful Developments in British Politics - with its focus on contemporary features of institutions, policy and issues - by providing a concise and coherent analysis of the enduring features of British politics and the underlying principles of the British constitution. Bringing together original, specially-commissioned chapters by leading authorities, it will rapidly establish itself as a landmark text.

Burma Redux - Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (Paperback, New): Ian Holliday Burma Redux - Global Justice and the Quest for Political Reform in Myanmar (Paperback, New)
Ian Holliday
R637 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R148 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Contemporary Myanmar faces a number of political challenges, and it is unclear how other nations should act in relation to the country. Prioritizing the opinions of local citizens and reading them against the latest scholarship on this issue, Ian Holliday affirms the importance of foreign interests in Myanmar's democratic awakening, yet only through committed, grassroots strategies of engagement encompassing foreign states, international aid agencies, and global corporations.

Holliday supports his argument by using multiple sources and theories, particularly ones that take historical events, contemporary political and social investigations, and global justice literature into account, as well as studies that focus on the effects of democratic transition, the aid industry, and socially responsible corporate investing and sanctions. One of the only volumes to apply broad-ranging global justice theories to a real-world nation in flux, "Burma" "Redux will appeal to professionals researching Burma/Myanmar; political advisers and advocacy groups; nonspecialists interested in Southeast Asian politics and society and the local and international problems posed by pariah states; general readers who seek a richer understanding of the country beyond journalistic accounts; and the Burmese people themselves -- both within the country and in diaspora. Burma Redux "is also the first book-length study on the nation to be completed after the contentious general elections of 2010.

Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Paperback, New edition): Paul Webb, David M. Farrell, Ian Holliday Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Paperback, New edition)
Paul Webb, David M. Farrell, Ian Holliday
R2,178 Discovery Miles 21 780 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

How relevant and vital are political parties in contemporary democracies? Do they fulfill the functions that any stable and effective democracy might expect of them, or are they little more than moribund anachronisms, relics of a past age of political life, now superseded by other mechanisms of linkage between state and society? These are the central questions which this book aims to address through a rigorous comparative analysis of political parties operating in the world's advanced industrial democracies. Drawing on the expertise of an impressive team of internationally known specialists, the book engages systematically with the evidence to show that, while a degree of popular cynicism towards them is often chronic, though rarely acute, parties have adapted and survived as organizations, remodelling themselves to the needs of an era in which patterns of linkage and communication with social groups have been transformed. This has enabled them to remain central to democratic systems, especially in respect of the political functions of governance, recruitment and, albeit more problematically, interest aggregation. On the other hand, the challenges they face in respect of interest articulation, communication and participation have pushed parties into more marginal roles within Western political systems. The implications of these findings for democracy depend on the observer's normative and theoretical perspectives. Those who understand democracy primarily in terms of popular choice and control in public affairs will probably see parties as continuing to play a central role, while those who place greater store by the more demanding criteria of optimizing interests and instilling civic orientations among citizens are far more likely to be fundamentally critical.

Mass Conservatism - The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s (Hardcover, annotated edition): Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday Mass Conservatism - The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday; Foreword by William Hague
R2,570 Discovery Miles 25 700 Special order

The Conservatives have been the most successful party in British politics since the arrival of a mass electorate following the Reform Acts of 1885 and 1918. Although identified with the elite, the Conservatives have consistently been able to mobilize a mass popular support. This has involved more than just a narrow defence of privilege and property, or negative anti-socialism. The essays in this volume explore the relationship between the Conservative Party and the mass of the British people from the 1880s to the Thatcher and Major era. Several focus on the party's sources of support and the ways in which it has sought to broaden these through shifts in policies, presentation and organization.

Welfare Capitalism in East Asia - Social Policy in the Tiger Economies (Hardcover, 2003 ed.): Ian Holliday, Paul Wilding Welfare Capitalism in East Asia - Social Policy in the Tiger Economies (Hardcover, 2003 ed.)
Ian Holliday, Paul Wilding
R2,364 R2,096 Discovery Miles 20 960 Save R268 (11%) Special order

Social Policy has been a key dimension of dynamic economic growth in East Asia's 'little tigers' and is also a prominent strand of their responses to the financial crisis of the latte 1990s. This systematic comparative analysis of social policy in the region focuses on the key sectors of education, health, housing and social security. It sets these sectoral analyses in wider contexts of debates about developmental states, the East Asian welfare model and globalization.

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (Hardcover): Adam Simpson, Nicholas Farrelly, Ian Holliday Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (Hardcover)
Adam Simpson, Nicholas Farrelly, Ian Holliday
R4,016 Discovery Miles 40 160 Special order

After decades of mismanagement and direct military rule, Myanmar's contested transition to a more democratic government has rapidly shifted the outlook in this significant Southeast Asian nation. Since 2011, the removal of Western sanctions and new foreign investments have resulted in high rates of economic growth and an expanding middle class, albeit from a very low base. In a result unthinkable a few years earlier, former political prisoner and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), formed a national government in early 2016. However, despite significant political and economic reforms since the liberalisation process commenced, the transition to civilian rule remains constrained by the military's 2008 Constitution, which guarantees that it operates unfettered by civilian oversight. As a result, although some ethnic conflicts have abated, others continue to fester and new conflicts have erupted. With a daunting task ahead the NLD government has made some progress in removing the vestiges of repressive military-era laws but many remain untouched and some of the practices of the new government provide unwelcome reminders of its authoritarian history. This timely Handbook describes the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of this crucial period of transition in Myanmar. It presents explanations for contradictory trends, including those that defy some of the early narratives about the comprehensive transformation of Myanmar. The Handbook also considers the impact of major environmental, strategic, and demographic trends which help underscore that Myanmar's development will be an ongoing task. In addition to introductory and concluding chapters by the editors, the body of the Handbook is divided into seven core sections: * Fundamentals * Spaces * Cultures * Living * Governance * International * Challenges Written by an international team of scholars, with a mix of world-leading established academics and talented emerging researchers, the Handbook provides a rigorous scholarly overview of Myanmar's politics, economics, and society. As Myanmar opens to Western businesses and government agencies, this is an invaluable reference book that will provide a foundation for further research and offer the first port of call for scholars, students, and policy makers working on Myanmar and Asia.

Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Hardcover): Paul Webb, David M. Farrell, Ian Holliday Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Hardcover)
Paul Webb, David M. Farrell, Ian Holliday
R1,598 Discovery Miles 15 980 Special order

Drawing on the expertise of an impressive team of internationally known specialists, this book offers an unrivalled survey of modern political parties and their role in contemporary democracy. Through a rigorous comparative analysis of political parties operating in the world's advanced industrial democracies, the book argues that, while a degree of popular cynicism towards them is often chronic, though rarely acute, parties have adapted and survived as organizations, remodelling themselves to the needs of an era in which patterns of linkage and communication with social groups have been transformed.

Mass Conservatism - The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s (Paperback): Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday Mass Conservatism - The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s (Paperback)
Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday; Foreword by William Hague
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Special order

The papers that comprise this volume reveal how people are intent on preserving not only their wealth but culture too. The individual contributions identify the key arguments used to coax voters, whose natural sympathies might gravitate to the left, to vote for the Conservative Party en masse.

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