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The road to federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka : finding the middle ground

Author: Michael G Breen
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Politics in Asia series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nations built on exclusion and assimilation, decades of civil war, widespread poverty, authoritarianism and the decline of democracy. Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are travelling a road to federalism. Institutions and ethnic identity have interacted to privilege some and marginalise others. But when the right conditions prevail, political equality can be restored. This book charts the origins and evolution of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael G Breen
ISBN: 9781138297883 1138297887
OCLC Number: 1005779225
Description: viii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction --
1.1.Prologue --
1.2.Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka --
1.3.The origins and evolution of federalism --
1.4.Blending accommodation and moderation --
1.5.Chapters summary --
2.Methodology and conceptual framework --
2.1.New institutionalism --
2.2.Path dependence and critical junctures --
2.3.The federalisation process --
2.4.Variables and conceptual framework --
2.5.Summary --
3.Federalism, accommodation and Asia --
3.1.Ethnic identity --
3.2.Nation-building --
3.3.Constitutional settlements --
3.4.Federalism and federal systems --
3.5.Hybrid federalism in Asia --
3.6.Asian federal systems --
3.7.The origin and evolution of federalism --
3.8.Summary --
4.State formation --
4.1.Ethnic identity --
4.2.Conflict in state formation --
4.3.Infrastructural capacity --
4.4.Secession risk --
4.5.Critical junctures --
4.6.Summary --
5.The road to federalism --
5.1.Monarchs and Maoists in Nepal Note continued: 5.2.The military and ethnic autonomy in Myanmar --
5.3.Sri Lanka's `neutral' democracy --
5.4.Summary --
6.The constitutional settlement --
6.1.Federalism and emancipation in Nepal --
6.2.A long-awaited restitution in Myanmar --
6.3.Maximum devolution in Sri Lanka --
6.4.Summary --
7.Federal design issues --
accommodation and moderation --
7.1.The effectiveness of federalism in Asia --
7.2.Ethnic or territorial federalism --
7.3.Parties, power sharing and political inclusion --
7.4.Deliberative democracy and divided societies --
7.5.Summary --
8.Conclusion --
8.1.Ethnic identity and federalism --
8.2.The road to federalism --
8.3.Asian federal systems --
8.4.Federal design issues --
accommodation and moderation --
8.5.Prospects for federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka --
8.6.Summary.
Series Title: Politics in Asia series.
Responsibility: Michael G. Breen.

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"Nations built on exclusion and assimilation, decades of civil war, widespread poverty, authoritarianism and the decline of democracy. Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are travelling a road to federalism. Institutions and ethnic identity have interacted to privilege some and marginalise others. But when the right conditions prevail, political equality can be restored. This book charts the origins and evolution of federalism and other approaches to the accommodation of minority ethnic groups in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It applies a historical institutionalism methodology to understand why federalism has been resisted, what causes it to be established and what design options are most likely to balance otherwise competing centripetal and centrifugal forces. Breen shows how Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are finding a middle ground whereby deliberative and moderating institutions are combined with accommodating ones to support a political equality among groups and individuals"--

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