SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Mr Timothy Simonson

BA (Nottingham) MA (SOAS)
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Mr Timothy Simonson
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Thesis title:
Political Participation and Multi-Level Politics in Myanmar's Democratic Transition
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PhD Research

During the course of my research I wish to problematise and examine to what extent Burmese cultural and political practices have thus far affected the 'democratisation' of Myanmar, and the likelihood of the stability of the future democratic state given its current political and historic situation. Central to my research, I will examine how a more 'complete' state-wide democratisation may be achieved.

More specifically, I intend to research whether state-civil relations at the local level have changed dramatically by investigating local feedback mechanisms and the responsiveness of local communities to central state policy.