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Partisan Patterns and Malapportionment in Thailand’s Party List (Part II)

April 7, 2015
Partisan Patterns and Malapportionment in Thailand’s Party List (Part II)

NOTE: BP is still on hiatus. The recent posts about MMP and the electoral system are an exception. The posts are designed to explain MMP and its proposed implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else. This post is co-authored and cross-posted with Allen Hicken...
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Partisan Patterns and Malapportionment in Thailand’s Party List (Part 1)

April 3, 2015
Partisan Patterns and Malapportionment in Thailand’s Party List (Part 1)

NOTE: BP is still on hiatus. The recent posts about MMP and the electoral system are an exception. The posts are designed to explain MMP and its proposed implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
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The Curious Case of Thailand’s Malapportioned Party List System

April 1, 2015
The Curious Case of Thailand’s Malapportioned Party List System

NOTE: BP is still on hiatus. The recent posts about MMP and the electoral system are an exception. The posts are designed to explain MMP and its proposed implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else. This post is co-authored and cross-posted with Allen Hicken...
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Constituency Seats by Province

April 1, 2015
Constituency Seats by Province

NOTE: This is a reference post that another post will refer to. Thanks to Allen Hicken . According to ASTV Manager and Matichon (article no longer accessible, but  a screenshot is available from here ), EC sources have said that there will be 255  constituency seats awarded based on population by province, with...
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Part 3: The implications of MMP for Thailand : What Do we Know about Open List PR?

January 22, 2015
Part 3: The implications of MMP for Thailand : What Do we Know about Open List PR?

NOTE:  BP is still on hiatus. These series of posts are an exception. The posts will simply explain MMP as explanations that BP has seen offered so far are inadequate. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else. This post is co-authored and cross-posted with Allen...
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Part 2: The implications of MMP for Thailand : Regional Party Lists

January 20, 2015
Part 2: The implications of MMP for Thailand : Regional Party Lists

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. The series of posts does not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else. This post is co-authored and cross-posted with Allen...
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Part 1: The Implications of MMP for Thailand

January 16, 2015
Part 1: The Implications of MMP for Thailand

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...
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Applying the “German electoral system” or MMP to Thailand

December 3, 2014

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...
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Blog on hiatus

October 15, 2014

As of today, the blog is going on hiatus for a minimum of 3 months. Q . Why? A .
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Assessment of the junta’s performance

October 15, 2014

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...
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Thai junta’s blueprint for political reforms

October 15, 2014

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 (?????????????????????????????????????????????????) of the from the Office of the...
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Prayuth: UK has no problem with Koh Tao murder probe

October 14, 2014

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...
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Prayuth : Brits have no problems with investigation into death of the 2 tourists

October 14, 2014

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...
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Thai reformer : Referendum is not necessary as there are no conflicts in Thai society

October 14, 2014

Chai-Anan Samudavanija, a National Reform Council (NRC)  member, is quoted in the The Nation : The NRC member for political reform proposed that the country should press on with decentralisation of power. In an exclusive interview with The Nation , he said the country only needed a single Parliament of 77 members, with...
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Reformer: Referendum is not necessary as there are no conflicts in Thai society

October 14, 2014

Chai-Anan Samudavanija, a National Reform Council (NRC)  member, is quoted in the The Nation : The NRC member for political reform proposed that the country should press on with decentralisation of power. In an exclusive interview with The Nation , he said the country only needed a single Parliament of 77 members, with...
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Government of body language experts and foreign government understanding

October 10, 2014
Government of body language experts and foreign government understanding

The Bangkok Post : After the 45-minute meeting, Mrs Kenney told reporters that she had paid the courtesy call on MR Pridiyathorn because she had completed her four-year term as the US ambassador to Thailand. She will return to the United States in the second week of November . … MR Pridiyathorn said...
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Connors to the Thai junta : Hubris always has an expiry date

October 9, 2014

Academic and long-time observer on Thai politics Michael Connors has a semi-active blog .  Below is an excerpt from a post of his. For the latest crisis, responsibility at its gravest lies with the reactionary anti –Thaksin People’s Democratic Reform Committee that led months’ long protests before the coup,  and the opposition Democrat...
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McCargo : Where does Thailand go from here?

October 9, 2014

BP has already blogged on some comments by Duncan McCargo back in May – just after the coup – but McCargo has also written two pieces for Foreign Policy. In June, his article for Foreign Policy was on why Thailand’s coup is destined to fail. Below are some excerpts: It’s not a question if...
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Middle income Thais with 50 million baht of assets need to be protected from an inheritance tax

October 8, 2014

BP has already blogged  that the proposed inheritance tax (50 million baht is tax-exempt and then 10% tax) and critiqued a number of criticism of the inheritance tax. The Nation : Bandid Nijathaworn, president and chief executive officer of the Thai Institute of Directors Association, said the tax should be implemented but it...
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Prayuth’s brother’s mathematically challenged assets declaration

October 7, 2014

As we know, Prayuth’s brother is a member of the NLA and is quite rich. The Bangkok Post : Assistant army chief Lt Gen Preecha Chan-o-cha, who is the younger brother of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, has 79.8 million baht in net assets. Reviewing his assets declaration, there are some issues. Page 5...
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Project to Strengthen Stability at the Village Level

October 6, 2014

Isaan Record: Under a temple pavilion, 60 Red Shirt villagers watched a projected image of a candle on a screen. A military staff member asked everyone to close their eyes, sit silent and meditate while she read aloud. “ How was it that we kept a hold on our country and avoided being...
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Rich police and military officers appointed to NLA try to avoid reporting their assets

October 4, 2014

The Bangkok Post in an editorial earlier this week entitled “NLA lawsuit harms PM” about 28 members appointed to the NLA who were trying to avoid reporting their assets. Key excerpts: A small group in the new legislature is taking a large risk by refusing to report assets and liabilities as ordered. In...
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Inheritance tax worries Thailand’s ultra-rich

October 3, 2014

Sasithorn Ongdee in an op-ed in The Nation : What will happen if the inheritance tax is revived in ways that mean Thais won’t return to “happiness”? Several years ago, one of my cousins was approached by the owner of an orchard to buy some 10 rai of her orchard plantation in Nonthaburi....
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Thai Minister : Our policies are not populist as we are not trying to win votes

October 2, 2014

Reuters : Thailand’s military government approved plans for stimulus measures worth a combined 364 billion baht ($11.2 billion) on Wednesday in a bid to revive an economy laid low by months of political unrest. … “Overall, the measures to stimulate the whole economy will use a total of 324.5 billion baht ($10 billion),”...
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Some advice to the junta: Don’t mess with the opiate of the masses

September 28, 2014

Reuters : Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday criticized television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would write them himself if he had to. Prayuth, who is also army chief, staged a coup on May 22, overthrowing an elected government after...
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Junta leader offers his services to the nation… in writing soap opera scripts

September 28, 2014

Reuters : Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday criticized television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would write them himself if he had to. Prayuth, who is also army chief, staged a coup on May 22, overthrowing an elected government after...
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Thai Rath : New military-backed party is likely

September 26, 2014

On August 21, Thai Rath ‘s page 3 political analysis stated that  the NLA will choose Prayuth to be the 29th PM, but there are movements on those who want energy reform of those who had considered themselves allied with the coup leaders. However, their protest of coming to Bangkok was not allowed as it...
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Laos government bans online criticism

September 23, 2014

The Bangkok Post  ( technically it is Reuters ): Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the ruling party or government, state media reported, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict internet controls. According to legislation approved by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last week, web users...
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All Thai students required to recite Prayuth’s 12 core values daily

September 22, 2014

BP has already blogged the the junta’s 12 core values. BP has outlined them below as per Prayuth’s speech in July 11 ( PDF ): The persisting problems in Thailand that need to be solved urgently require inclusive cooperation from people of all levels, gender and age. I suggest that we firstly define...
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Thai students required to recite Prayuth’s 12 core values daily

September 22, 2014

BP has already blogged the the junta’s 12 core values. BP has outlined them below as per Prayuth’s speech in July 11 ( PDF ): The persisting problems in Thailand that need to be solved urgently require inclusive cooperation from people of all levels, gender and age. I suggest that we firstly define...
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