This definitive study of electoral politics and democratic decentralization in provincial Thailand investigates how democracy is unfolding in the context of emergent capitalism, exploring the relationships between the politics of the locality, the province and the nation from 1950.
'Arghiros' in-depth study of local level politics sheds much light on an often neglected aspect of Thailand's political scene. Although an Anthropologist , Arghiros persuasively moves between his home discipline and that of politics and sociology, and in so doing opens up useful interdisciplinary insights.' - Democratization
'It is seldom that one picks up a book on contemporary Thailand written with as clear and holistic examination of a topic as timely and pertinent as this … a pioneering contribution to the social anthropology of provincial Thai electoral politics in the late twentieth century.' - Southeast Asian Studies