The Power Structure of Military Burma

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20. The Power Structure of Military Burma:
The State and Forces under Ne Win Government, 1962-1988.

NAKANISHI, Yoshihiro.
Published in June, 2009.
Kyoto University Press.



The Burmese military seems to have been against the worldwide trend for democratization, so the question why such bad politics had existed for so long still remains the most challenging enigma in Southeast Asian studies. The author reads valuable Burmese historical materials and unveils the historical reality of Burma under military rule. His political analysis is based on the state-force relationship from three perspectives; national defense state, party state, and barrack state, which explores the possibility of military rule from its birth, its development, to its duration.