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The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar
Published by Cambridge University Press
A timely reflection on law, development and economics through empirical and comparative perspectives on the case of Myanmar.
This interdisciplinary volume offers a timely reflection on law, development and economics through empirical and comparative perspectives on contemporary Myanmar. The book explores the business that takes place in times of major political change through law and development initiatives and foreign investment. The expert contributors to this volume identify the ways in which law reform creates new markets, embodies hopes of social transformation and is animated by economic gain. This book is an invitation to think carefully and critically about the intersection between law, development and economics in times of political transition. The chapters speak to a range of common issues - land rights, access to finance, economic development, the role of law including its potential and its limits, and the intersection between local actors, globalised ideas and the international community. This interdisciplinary book is for students, scholars and practitioners of law and development, Asian studies, political science and international relations.
1. Understanding the business of transition in Myanmar Melissa Crouch; 2. Labour standards and international investment in Myanmar Michele Ford, Michael Gillan and Htwe Htwe Thein; 3. The extractive industries transparency initiative: new openings for civil society in Myanmar Adam Simpson; 4. The risky business of transformation: social enterprise in Myanmar's emerging democracy John Dale and David Kyle; 5. Microfinance in Myanmar: unleashing the potential Sean Turnell; 6. The governance of local businesses in Myanmar: confronting the legacies of military rule Matthew Arnold; 7. Special economic zones: gateway or roadblock to reform? Josh Wood; 8. Facing the concentrated burden of development: local responses to Myanmar's special economic zones Lauren Nishimura; 9. Top-down transitions and the politics of US sanctions Catherine Renshaw; 10. The politics of aid in Myanmar Tim Frewer.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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