Path to Centralization and Development: Evidence from Siam

  title={Path to Centralization and Development: Evidence from Siam},
  author={Christopher Paik and Jessica Vechbanyongratana},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={289 - 331}
abstract:This article investigates the role of colonial pressure on state centralization and its relationship to subsequent development by analyzing the influence of Western colonial threats on Siam's internal political reform. Unlike other countries in the region, Siam remained independent by adopting geographical administrative boundaries and incorporating its traditional governance structures into a new, centralized governance system. The authors find that the order in which areas were… 
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