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  • Part 1: The implications of MMP for Thailand

    By Jan 16, 2015

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    NOTE: BP is still on hiatus. These posts are an exception. These posts will simply explain MMP as explanations that BP has seen offered so far are inadequate. This post does not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else. This post is co-authored and cross-posted with Allen Hicken of the University

  • Applying the ‘German electoral system’ or MMP to Thailand

    By Dec 03, 2014

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    NOTE: BP is still on hiatus. This post is an exception. No political analysis will be offered, but this post will simply explain the German electoral system or MMP as explanations that BP has seen offered so far are inadequate. This post does not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.

  • Blog on hiatus

    By Oct 15, 2014

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    As of today, the blog is going on hiatus for a minimum of 3 months. Q. Why? A. There are a variety of reasons, but BP wants to state clearly the junta has not contacted BP. There have been no threats, warnings, or any communications by the junta or anyone else within the past 3 years. To

  • Assessment of the junta’s performance

    By Oct 15, 2014

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    Thitinan had an article entitled “The two faces of Thai authoritarianism” for East Asia Forum (originally published on September 10). Key excerpts: Thai politics has completed a dramatic turn from electoral authoritarianism under deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra in 2001–2006 to a virtual military government under General Prayuth Chan-ocha. These two sides of the authoritarian coin,

  • Thai junta’s blueprint for political reforms

    By Oct 15, 2014

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    Matichon has summarized the main details of the blueprint for political reforms which were submitted to the NRC (Thai Post has a similar summary, but with a few additional details). The blueprint was written by the working party for preparing reform to return happiness to people in the nation (คณะทำงานเตรียมการปฏิรูปเพื่อคืนความสุขให้คนในชาติ) of the from the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence

  • Prayuth: UK has no problem with Koh Tao murder probe

    By Oct 14, 2014

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    MCOT with the story entitled “PM asserts British government has no doubts regarding British tourists’ murder case”. Key excerpts: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha asserted that the British government has no doubt regarding Thailand’s investigation of the murder of two British tourists on Surat Thani’s Ko Tao island last month. … Gen Prayut, also the chief