The formation (and dissolution?) of a democratic politics in the Maldives
As an American Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Faculty of Shari‘ah and Law at the only public institution of higher education in the Maldives – the Maldives College of Higher Education, on the capital island Male’ – I taught constitutional law and witnessed a society poised on the edge of an electoral revolution and the ouster of a thirty year (1978-2008) developmental autocracy. This article recounts observations, informal interviews (conducted during the 2007-2008 academic year) and local press accounts of events and political factors culminating in a bloodless regime change in 2008.
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