Providing a detailed analysis of Thailand's political development since 1932, when Thailand became a constitutional monarchy, until the present, this book examines the large number of different versions of the constitution which Thailand has had since 1932, and explains why the constitution has been subject to such frequent change, and why there have been so many outbursts of violent, political unrest. It explores the role of the military, and, most importantly, discusses the role of the monarchy, which, as the author shows, has been crucial in holding Thailand together through the various changes of regime. The author brings to light original and largely unseen documents from the Public Records Office and US National Archives, as well as drawing upon her extensive knowledge of politics in Thailand.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Analysis of Thai Constitutions 1. Understanding Thai Democracy 2. Analysis of the Constitutions Part 2: Reality: The Practice of Constitutional Monarchy, 1932-1952 3. King Prajadhipok's Experience 4. The Experience of a Minor Monarch Part 3: Reality: the Coming of Age of Thai Constitutional Monarchy, 1952-2000 5. The Hard Struggle 6. The Royal Climb to the Pinnacle of the Nation
'Kobuka Suwannathat-Pian's latest book is a detailed yet readable overview of Thailand's political evolution since the fall of the absolute monarchy in 1932.' - Sojourn, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
'The book provides a wealth of interesting details and makes a number of important and insightful points about the monarchy.' - Sojourn, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia