A populist government has taken over in Thailand, determined to be an instrument of change across a broad front from health care and housing to minimum wages and alternative-energy-propulsion vehicles. In a national election July 3, the Pheu Thai Party won with a majority of 265 seats in Parliament, displacing the Democrat Party in charge for many years. The new government’s first major policy move suggests politics will overrule economics. On Sept. 16, a controversial plan was ...

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