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Free BurmaTransnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability$
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John G. Dale

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646463

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646463.001.0001

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

(p.196) Conclusion Where Do We Go from Here?
Free Burma

John G. Dale

University of Minnesota Press

The book argues that, contrary to the perspective of most scholars, the pre-democracy movement in Burma did not suffer a decline after 1990 and instead reincarnated itself as the Free Burma movement through its transnational legal action. Democracy in Burma will not rely on social movement alone, more powerful international states will certainly play a role in determining Burma’s political course. This concluding chapter presents five important lessons from the transnational legal action of the Free Burma movement: states have the power but not the will to control corporations, transnational discourse provides an alternative to neoliberal globalization, corporations, like governments, may violate human rights, the lack of democracy contributes to authoritarianism, and human rights are part law, part ideology.

Keywords:   pre-democracy in Burma, Free Burma movement, transnational legal action, transnational discourse, neoliberal globalization, human rights, authoritarianism

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