Police Oversight and Parliament in Myanmar : A Study of the USDP Legislature (2011-2016)

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPresented - 25 Mar 2022

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TitleAssociation for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference (AAS 2022)
LocationHawaiʻi Convention Center & Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort (in-person and virtual)
PlaceUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period24 - 27 March 2022

Abstract

How do post-authoritarian legislatures craft police oversight? This article takes Myanmar’s inaugural post-junta legislature (2011-2016) as a case study to examine whether, and if yes how, a nascent parliamentary body scrutinised the activities, misconduct and expenditures of the police forces. It builds on the analysis of official proceedings of the legislature elected in 2010 and interviews with MPs from both the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the opposition. The findings suggest that – echoing large swathes of scholarship on parliamentary scrutiny in fledgling democracies – an inchoate form of fire alarm oversight began to develop. The Union parliament under the USDP emerged as a site for occasionally shedding light on police (mis)behaviour, but failed to effectively act on, or sanction, such misconduct. Police scrutiny was tentatively fostered by a handful of backbenchers with strong interests in police issues, a background in security affairs, or facing pressure from their constituents to ventilate their grievances against the police in the upper levels of government. Yet, such a cursory involvement of parliament in police oversight did not translate into effective constraints on the Myanmar Police Forces in the early phases of the post-junta decade (2011-2016).

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Police Oversight and Parliament in Myanmar : A Study of the USDP Legislature (2011-2016). / Egreteau, Renaud.

2022. Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference (AAS 2022), Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)33_Other conference paper