Publications

Peer Reviewed:

Protest und Demokratisierung in Myanmar: Erste Erkenntnisse aus dem Myanmar Protest Event
Dataset [Protest and Democratization in Myanmar: First Insights from the Myanmar
Protest Event Dataset], in Asiatische Studien – Études Asiatiques, forthcoming. [Download]

Non-Peer Reviewed:

Myanmar: Democratic Progress or Authoritarian Rollback?, in IAPS Dialogue, University of Nottingham, 2017.

Does the data reveal declining dictatorship in Myanmar?, in New Mandala, 2017.

Myanmar Protest Event Dataset, Version: 1.1, GESIS Data Archive, 2017

Myanmar Protest Event Dataset, Version: 1, GESIS Data Archive, 2016

Under Peer Review:

Civil Liberties, Protest and Repression in Top-Down Democratization: Evidence from Myanmar (2011-2015), under review

Abstract: Not only do free and fair elections need to be established in a democracy, but also fundamental civil liberties need to be granted and protected for a democracy to function. Hence, it is argued that even in democratizations that are initiated and largely controlled by former authoritarian rulers – so-called top-down transitions – the status of civil liberties must see significant improvement. In order to assess civil liberties, the de jure and de facto situation must be taken into account. While for the former, law amendments and their compliance with international human rights standards can be examined, for the latter, protest events can be used as a proxy. By combining both, this study puts forth an assessment framework, which it subsequently applies to Myanmar (2011-2015). It can be shown that the status of fundamental civil liberties has changed significantly over time. Following legal reforms in Myanmar, protest activity has increased quantitatively and qualitatively. While means of repression have often prevailed, the results show that the boundaries of “rightfulness” have still been regularly crossed. Even though Myanmar has remained under tight oversight by the military, and is far from consolidation, the study shows how a vital public sphere has evolved.

Introducing the Myanmar Protest Event Dataset: Motivation, Methodology and Research Prospects,
under review

Abstract: This article presents the “Myanmar Protest Event Dataset”, a unique dataset on protest assemblies in transitional Myanmar/Burma. The data contents are derived from the most visible forms of assembly (demonstrations, protest marches, and labor strikes) and were collected through a protest event analysis of local news reports. The coded variables range from information on the actual moment of the protest event (participants, issue, duration, location, …) to the aftermath (legal consequences for protesters, successful claims, …). Besides a concise description of the research design and data collection process, the methodological strengths and weaknesses are discussed.

Other Working Papers (available upon request):

What Protests Can Tell Us About Top-Down Democratization: An Alternative Assessment, working
paper

Explaining Youth Activism in (Post-) Authoritarian Settings: A Case Study from Myanmar, working
paper

Sinophobia, Rights-, or Environmental Consciousness? Explaining Anti-China Protests in Myanmar, working
paper

Intangible Assets of Cyberspace: The Determinants of Internet Domain Name Sales Prices, working paper

Money Parking and the Role of Delayed Development in Hong Kong’s Housing Market, working paper