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Hanuman of the Village
Friday, April 23, 2010
Vote Buying and Village Outrage
While everyone is staring on the deteriorating situation in Bangkok, I rediscovered a paper titled "Vote Buying and Village Outrage in an Election in Northern Thailand" by anthropologist Katherine Bowie at scribd - though I guess it shouldn't be there copyright-wise. The paper was originally published in the "Journal of Asian Studies" in May 2008 (doi: 10.1017/S0021911808000673).
Similar to the book by Daniel Arghiros I mentioned here before, the author has observed the local elections for a subdistrict headman in 1995 as well as later for the Tambon administrative organization president and council in 2006 in a Tambon in Chiang Mai, which was given a fictitious name to protect the persons involved. But even more interesting than the actual events at both elections are the long sections giving the background on local administration, including several nice illustrations from anonymous government handbooks. Definitely more fun to read this paper than to follow the latest developments on Twitter...