Burma’s poverty of riches: natural gas and the voracious state

Sean Turnell*

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Burma’s recent emergence as a significant regional exporter of natural gas brings with it the promise of transforming the country’s finances. Redeeming this promise, however, will require wholesale reform of Burma’s fiscal and financial arrangements. Such reforms are as yet not in prospect. This chapter explores the financial potential of Burma’s gas exports, the danger that they could yield a “resource curse”, and the extent to which the state”s fiscal demands undermine the country’s economic progress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBurma or Myanmar?
Subtitle of host publicationThe Struggle for National Identity
EditorsLowell Dittmer
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789814313650
ISBN (Print)9814313645, 9789814313643
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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