[TimorLesteStudies] Another Timorese Doctor!
jenster at cres10.anu.edu.au
Fri Dec 22 14:10:32 EST 2006
On behalf of all the members of the Timor-Leste Studies Association I
wish to congratulate Francisco da Costa Guterres who submitted and
was awarded a PhD this year at Griffith University in Australia.
His thesis, "Elites and Prospects of Democracy in Timor" was
completed in January 2006 and Francisco graduated in September.
Francisco now works at TIDS (http://www.tids-et.org/)
If you would like a complete copy of Francisco's thesis please
contact him by email: fguterres_tl at yahoo.com
Parts of the abstract are here:
"One of the conclusions made in this study is that East Timor's
transition to democracy fails to correlate fully with any of the
modal processes outlined in the literature. Rather, in the case of
East Timor, a number of pathways merge. In some ways, it begins with
what Huntington conceptualized as bottom-up 'replacement', with local
muss publics voting against their oppressors. But one of the factors
that quickly distinguished this case is that the voting by which
change was organized by an external force, the United Nations (UN),
and targeted a foreign power, the Indonesian government. In this way,
the processed of independence and democratisation were nearly coterminous...
But if East Timor's democratic transition is complex, an account of
the precariousness of the democracy that has been brought about is
straightforward. Put simple, given the weakness of institutions and
civil society organization, this thesis restores attention to the
autonomy and voluntarism possessed by national elites. The hypothesis
guiding this thesis, then, is that elites are disunified, but have
avoided any return to outright warring. Further, they are at most
'semi-loyal' in their attitudes toward democracy. Accordingly,
democracy persists in East Timor, but is subject to many abuses..."
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