The 2006 anti-Thaksin movement in Thailand: An analysis

@article{Pye2008The2A,
  title={The 2006 anti-Thaksin movement in Thailand: An analysis},
  author={Oliver Pye and Wolfram Schaffar},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Asia},
  year={2008},
  volume={38},
  pages={38 - 61}
}
Abstract This article examines the mass protests against Thailand's billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006. Over a series of several months, hundreds of thousands of people took part in demonstrations that created a deep political crisis and forced Thaksin to call snap elections. This political crisis was partly a result of intra-elite conflict between the old power elite and Thaksin's “CEO-style” rule, which opened up space for a broader politicisation. However, a closer look at… 

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