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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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FROM GOVERNORS TO LAWYERS

The pattern and the players were familiar. For more than seventy years, a civilian and military elite held sway in Thailand, first through military rule and then, after 1970, in a fragile electoral framework upended periodically by coups and military transition governments of various durations. Despite the instability, Thailand achieved fast economic growth in the 1980s and 1990s. Military-owned banks and manufacturers and civilian businessmen prospered through coups and constitutions. Billionaire and former policeman Thaksin Shinawatra became prime minister in 2001 on a populist platform, and won reelection in 2005. Soon accusations of malfeasance and corruption began to swirl. A two-year political crisis ensued. It ...

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