Allen Hicken, professor of political science and faculty associate of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, co-authored an article for The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog about the March 24 elections in Thailand. Along with Joel Selway of Brigham Young University, Hicken gives some insights to the state of Thai politics, including the surprising success of the liberal democratic Future Forward Party and it's billionaire leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Read the article here.

Allen Hicken studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries. His primary focus has been on political parties and party systems in developing democracies and their role in policy making. He is an expert on Southeast Asia, where he has worked in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia. Professor Hicken is the author of Building Party Systems in Developing Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2009).