Journal article

Moderating polarised positions on questions of national identity and sovereignty: Deliberative surveys on federalism in Myanmar

Michael G Breen, Baogang He

International Area Studies Review | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


Myanmar is in an important phase of its political transition. The opportunity for substantive federal reform, which is central to peacebuilding and democratisation, is present and being progressed through parallel elite level forums. However, these elite negotiations have serious limitations, as they fail to reach out to citizens, and contribute to polarisation and the perpetuation of extreme views regarding federalism. To address the absence of public deliberation on federalism in Myanmar, we organised five deliberative events based on the Deliberative Polling® methodology. ...

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the University of Melbourne under Grant no. 502581; Norwegian People's Aid; and Deakin University.