Agribusiness and land grabs in Myanmar

TitleAgribusiness and land grabs in Myanmar
Annotated RecordNot Annotated
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWoods K
Secondary TitleMekong Commons
Key themesDispossession-grabbing, FDI, Policy-law

FIRST PARAGRAPH: The historical weight of the political culture of development in Burma – now more commonly referred to as Myanmar – must not be discounted during the democracy-neoliberal reform era. National development discourse and practice in Myanmar has combined elements from monarchical patronage and military authoritarianism after decades of ruling military dictatorships where the military-state ‘knows best’ for its people. If ‘development’, a very loaded and ambiguous term, is viewed as being borne out of the crucible of culture and politics, then it should come as no surprise that national development practice in Myanmar has not yet followed the newly-established government’s declarations of ’disciplined democracy’ and pro-poor, grassroots development approaches.


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