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Meehan, Patrick (2022) 'Difficult Development Trade-Offs Amidst 'Transition': Exploring Power and Politics in Post-2010 Myanmar.' In: Yamahata, Chosein and Anderson, Bobby, (eds.), Demystifying Myanmar's Transition and Political Crisis. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 231-253.

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Development studies have often grappled with how to bridge the ‘theory/policy divide’ that exists within the discipline between an intellectual focus on historical processes of social change, and more practical objectives aimed at designing interventions to promote economic growth and poverty alleviation. This chapter argues that the rush to engage in Myanmar in the decade following the country’s 2010 General Election led to a focus on ‘doing development’, which out-paced the ability—or willingness—to engage with development scholarship, or to acknowledge how this scholarship challenges the ‘win–win’ development narratives that have been espoused by policymakers and practitioners working in Myanmar. By engaging with the academic literature on development, this chapter argues that any meaningful engagement with the profound challenges of poverty and inequality facing Myanmar must instead address the difficult trade-offs that surround processes of development.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Myanmar, Rural development, Development theory, Poverty, Inequality, Development interventions
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9789811666742
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Yamahata, Chosein and Anderson, Bobby, (eds.), Demystifying Myanmar's Transition and Political Crisis. 2022. Singapore: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 231-253. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 29 May 2022 10:46
Related URLs: https://link.sp ... ut-book-content (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council

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