Kings, Country and Constitutions: Thailand's Political Development 1932-2000, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Kings, Country and Constitutions

Thailand's Political Development 1932-2000, 1st Edition

By Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian

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Provides a detailed analysis of Thailand's political development since 1932, when Thailand became a constitutional monarchy, until the present. It 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.

Reviews

'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

Table of Contents

Part I: Analysis of Thai Constitutions

Part II: Reality: The Practice of Constitutional Monarchy, 1932-1952

Part III: Reality: the Coming of Age of Thai Constitutional Monarchy, 1952-2000

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS020000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General