Myanmar: Cross-Cutting Governance Challenges

Working Paper
15-2
March 2015

Since 2010, Myanmar has been in the midst of a multifaceted transition, involving economic reforms, the resolution of multiple long-standing civil conflicts, and a nascent transition to democratic rule. These transitions are coinciding with a resource-led economic boom. Hendrix and Noland assess the current status of governance institutions, as well as their performance in comparison to member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and selected other countries. They discuss outstanding problem areas related to economic governance, particularly in the legal system, the business regulatory framework, and in bureaucratic capacity, as well as the potential use of external policy anchors, particularly in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative process, to strengthen Myanmar's ongoing reform effort.

Data disclosure: The data underlying the figures in this analysis are available here [xlsx].