Thailand - Engineering Party Systems in Developing...

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Engineering Party Systems in  Developing Democracies:  The Case of Thailand
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Fall of Thaksin
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Democracy in the Developing World Widespread acceptance of democratic norms Region Support for Democracy  (average %) W. Europe/N. America  (WVS--various years) 87 Latin America  (Latinobarometro 2007) 54 Africa  (Afrobarometer 2005) 74 Asia  (WVS--various years) 80
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Democracy in the Developing World Dissatisfaction with Democratic Performance Region Dissatisfaction with  Democracy (average %) W. Europe/N. America  (WVS--various years) 24 Latin America  (Latinobarometro 2007) 63 Africa  (Afrobarometer 2005) 45 Asia  (WVS--various years) 50
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Democracy in the Developing World Lack of Confidence in Political Parties Region Confidence in Political  Parties (average %) W. Europe/N. America  (WVS--various years) 75 Latin America  (Latinobarometro 2007) 20 Africa  (Afrobarometer 2005) 48* Asia  (WVS--various years) 42 *Average of trust in governing and opposition parties 
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Political parties created democracy. ..[M]odern democracy is  unthinkable save in terms of the parties.  (Schattschneider  1942) Political parties are the weakest link in the system.  (Thai  Politician 1999) I do not believe one species of mud can be very different from  another.  Filipino high school student on the differences  among Filipino political parties (quoted in Sicat 1973) The widespread dissatisfaction with the…vehicles of  democratic representation is a core ingredient in the  political crisis that afflicts the Andean region today and  threatens to spread throughout Latin America and beyond (Mainwaring 2006)
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Three Common Laments 1. “What parties?” 1. “Ants on a sugar cube” 1. “Enough of them for export”
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