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New publication by Director of NIAS Duncan McCargo

Southeast Asia’s Troubling Elections: Democratic Demolition in Thailand
Thailand’s long-awaited March 2019 parliamentary election was supposed to usher in a degree of political normalcy in the wake of the May 2014 military coup. Instead, the promilitary Palang Pracharath Party was able to form a government, despite the fact that parties campaigning on an anti-junta platform won the greater number of parliamentary seats. Junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his key associates remain in office thanks to the connivance of various state institutions, notably the Election Commission. Nevertheless, the election was also notable for the astounding popularity of the new opposition Future Forward Party, especially among younger voters.
Reference: McCargo, Duncan. “Southeast Asia’s Troubling Elections: Democratic Demolition in Thailand.” Journal of Democracy 30, no. 4 (2019): 119–33.
Duncan was also recently quoted in in the New York Times article He Acquitted 5 Men of Murder, Then Shot Himself by Hannah Beech and Ryn Jirenuwat, and his book Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand is forthcoming from Cornell University Press.