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The Perils of Incoherence: ASEAN, Myanmar and the Avoidable Failures of Human Rights Socialization?

Davies, Mathew

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Explanations for ASEAN's inability to more successfully influence Myanmar over the last decade have shifted from accusations that the organization does nothing to live up to its on-paper commitments to the belief that what it does is wholly ineffective. The reasons for this ineffectiveness are found in the normative and institutional architecture of ASEAN, specifically its lack of punitive sanction-based compliance mechanisms. Through focusing on ASEAN's use of public pronouncements to express...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDavies, Mathew
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:14:53Z
dc.identifier.issn0129-797X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/17647
dc.description.abstractExplanations for ASEAN's inability to more successfully influence Myanmar over the last decade have shifted from accusations that the organization does nothing to live up to its on-paper commitments to the belief that what it does is wholly ineffective. The reasons for this ineffectiveness are found in the normative and institutional architecture of ASEAN, specifically its lack of punitive sanction-based compliance mechanisms. Through focusing on ASEAN's use of public pronouncements to express interests and desires, this article takes issue with such assertions. Specifically, ASEAN has been engaged in a strategy of rhetorical action to promote compliance with regional standards. To date it has been unsuccessful in that attempt not because of a lack of courts and commissions, but because it has been incoherent in its political strategy. At crucial moments ASEAN and its members remained more concerned with creating a unified position against external pressure than on developing a single policy towards Myanmar. This reaction fatally undermined the ability of ASEAN to influence Myanmar as it ensures the regime the continued external political cover from pressure that animated its desire to join ASEAN in 1997. This article suggests that correcting this shortcoming through the development of greater coherence is achievable within the existing ASEAN approach to managing regional affairs.
dc.publisherInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
dc.sourceContemporary Southeast Asia
dc.subjectKeywords: ASEAN; Human rights; Myanmar; Rhetorical action; Socialization
dc.titleThe Perils of Incoherence: ASEAN, Myanmar and the Avoidable Failures of Human Rights Socialization?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4073197xPUB2
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDavies, Mathew, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage22
local.identifier.doi10.1353/csa.2012.0006
local.identifier.absseo940399 - International Relations not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:34:30Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84870348319
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