The Economist: Thailand’s economy – The colour of GDP

Thailand’s economy – The colour of GDP – Economist, January 31, 2014
…In the last general election in 2011, Pheu Thai won 48% of the votes cast for the national political parties*. They were the leading party in 46 of Thailand’s 76 provinces, helping the party and its allies take control of Thailand’s National Assembly. But, according to calculations by The Economist, the party’s political strongholds account for only 38% of Thailand’s GDP.
The opposition Democrats, by contrast, polled 35% of the party votes. They were the leading party in 30 of Thailand’s 76 provinces and also its capital city. Added together, these territories account for 62% of the nation’s GDP. Bangkok and its vicinity alone account for more than 40%. In Thailand, in short, domestic power and domestic product reside in different parts of the country…

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