Steven D. Roper
The following page was created after I
visited Myanmar on a U.S. Department of State Speaker's Program. At the
request of the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy, I held a series
of meetings with various groups in order to discuss issues related to the
17 May 2004 Constitutional Convention. The purpose of these meetings was
to stress institutional and democratic values to consider when crafting
a constitution. These meetings also served as a means for Embassy personnel
and I to gain insights into the issues of concern for the various sectors
of society. Opposition leaders, ethnic groups and legal scholars interested
in the process of drafting a constitution attended the meetings. I have
created this page to provide these groups links to various pages that will
assist them in their constitutional discussions. This page also contains
links for scholars interested in Myanmar. I want to thank Eric Barboriak
at the Embassy for providing me the 104 points. This page is my own endeavor
and does not reflect the policy of the U.S. government. The document on
the constitutional convention and the journal articles require Adobe Acrobat.
for a free copy of the reader.
Data on Myanmar:
maintains a list of basic social indicators.
Bank maintains a list of basic social indicators by category and country.
country index has economic information on all IMF members.
International monitors corruption world-wide.
House country ratings are available.
Reports of the International crisis group.
Fact Book contains various political and economic information.
Here are the 104 points
produced at the previous convention in 1996.
to the Constitutional Convention:
The University of Richmond maintains an excellent
Study of Electoral Systems is a program of cross-national research
among election studies conducted in over fifty countries.
elections archive contains election results.
Here is election
and elections home page has great sources of election data.
maintains an election calendar that lists upcoming elections around the
Representation Society of Australia has extensive information and links
to other election-related sites.
representation library has bibliographic and other information on PR.
Society: Unity and Federalism.
Links for Individuals
Working on Constitutions:
Andre Blais. 1988. “The
Classification of Electoral Systems.” European Journal of Political
Kent Eaton. 2000. “Parliamentarism
Versus Presidentialism in the Policy Arena.” Comparative Politics
Donald L. Horowitz. 1990. “Comparing
Democratic Systems.” Journal of Democracy 1 (Fall): 73-9.
Seymour Martin Lipset. 1990. “The
Centrality of Political Culture.” Journal of Democracy 1 (Fall):80-3.
Matthew Soberg Shugart, and Scott Mainwaring.
1997. “Presidentialism and Democracy in
Latin America: Rethinking the Terms of the Debate.” In Presidentialism
and Democracy in Latin America, ed. Scott Mainwaring, and Matthew Soberg
Shugart. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Articles on Elections
and Presidential and Parliamentary Forms of Government:
Photos of My Visit:
Here are some photos from a public lecture
that I gave at the U.S. Embassy's American Center on 14 May 2004. The title
of the lecture was “Constitutions as an Instrument of Conflict Resolution
in Divided Societies?”