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The Future of Tibet

The Government-in-Exile Meets the Challenge of Democratization


Helen R. Boyd

This book discusses the emergence of democracy’s modernizing force in an exiled community with a political history based on a feudal theocracy. Since his exile almost forty years ago, the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile have steered this fledgling democratic community toward the fulfillment of his dream of converting a theocracy to a democracy. The establishment of a tripartite government with separate powers and the development of a framework for a future democratic polity – if and when Tibetans regain their land – is a testament to the ongoing democratizing revolution.