The Newsletter 59 Spring 2012

The formation (and dissolution?) of a democratic politics in the Maldives

Scott Morrison

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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