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Political Theory

2011

Syracuse University

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Micropolitical Opportunity Structure In Burma, Nicole Loring May 2011

Micropolitical Opportunity Structure In Burma, Nicole Loring

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

This paper looks to answer the question: Why do citizens in Burma continue challenging the military regime through peaceful social movements despite of the threat of violent oppression? I set out to examine Burma as an anomaly in political opportunity structure theory. Political opportunity structure influences the type of political action most likely to take place within a regime by affecting which political claims are possible. At first, Burma appears to be a low-democracy, low-capacity regime, which should host civil wars. However, in Burma’s cities, peaceful social movements continue to take place. My capstone seeks to explain this problem ...