economics

May 27, 2010

The Failure of Thailand’s Democracy

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“The fundamental problem of the Thai political system is that most of the money is in Bangkok and most of the votes are outside of Bangkok,” Mr. Jackson said, describing the impasse.
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“What the Thais have come up against is what the Brits came up against in 1832, when the aristocracy of Britain had to decide, ‘Will we enlarge the franchise to give people who are not like us some real power in society?”’ Mr. Jackson said. “The Brits made the right decision. Will the Thais make the right decision? Unless Bangkok finds a compromise method for sharing power, political instability and even violence may continue.” “Thailand is not really in such bad shape,” he said. “There’s no ethnic conflict; there’s a strong sense of national identity; it’s got a lot of economic promise. As bad as Thaksin was, after a cooling off period, it has no choice but to go ahead with new elections, and to let the chips fall where they may.”

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