Title

Does International Moral Suasion Influence Democratic Development? The Nobel Peace Prize and Political Reform in Burma and East Timor

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2006

Publication Source

The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

Volume

31

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

415-446

Publisher

The Council for Social and Economic Studies

Place of Publication

Washington, DC

ISBN/ISSN

01935941

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The Nobel Peace Prize can be viewed as an instrument of international moral suasion. This article asks how much, if at all, the Prize encourages authoritarian regimes to liberalize when awarded to dissident democratic activists. Using comparative case analysis of Burma and East Timor, it studies patterns in media coverage and in sanctions and aid policies imposed on the two countries’ regimes by important international actors. The Prize awards seem not to have encouraged political liberalization in any obvious way. They did raise international awareness of the two countries’ situations, but did not clearly increase outside pressures on the regimes.

Keywords

Nobel Peace Prize, moral suasion, liberalization, democratization, Burma, Myanmar, East Timor, Timor-Leste

Disciplines

Political Science

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