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Military, Monarchy and Repression

Assessing Thailand's Authoritarian Turn, 1st Edition

Edited by Kevin Hewison, Veerayooth Kanchoochat

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Thailand’s politics has been contentious in recent years. With a military coup in 2006 and another in 2014, the country has moved from being a promising electoral democracy to a military dictatorship. Electoral politics was embraced enthusiastically by some groups, including those in rural areas of the north and northeast, but came to be feared by groups variously identified as the old elite, royalists and the establishment. The transition to authoritarianism saw large and lengthy street protests and considerable violence. This book examines the background to and the sources of conflict and the turn to authoritarianism. It addresses: the return of the military to political centre stage; the monarchy’s pivotal role in opposing electoral democracy; the manner in which sections of civil society have rejected electoral politics; and the rise of powerful non-elected bodies such as the Constitutional Court. In examining Thailand’s authoritarianism, attention is also given to how income and wealth inequality may motivate political outcomes and also to the ways in which the military and the old elite have attempted to establish a "Thai-style democracy" that disenfranchises the majority. This book was previously published as a special issue of Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Thailand’s Politics

Veerayooth Kanchoochat and Kevin Hewison

1. The 2014 Thai Coup and Some Roots of Authoritarianism

Chris Baker

2. Inequality, Wealth and Thailand’s Politics

Pasuk Phongpaichit

3. The Resilience of Monarchised Military in Thailand

Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat

4. Thailand’s Deep State, Royal Power and the Constitutional Court (1997–2015)

Eugénie Mérieau

5. Thailand’s Failed 2014 Election: The Anti-Election Movement, Violence and Democratic Breakdown

Prajak Kongkirati

6. Reign-seeking and the Rise of the Unelected in Thailand

Veerayooth Kanchoochat

7. Rural Transformations and Democracy in Northeast Thailand

Somchai Phatharathananunth

8. Redefining Democratic Discourse in Thailand’s Civil Society

Thorn Pitidol

About the Editors

Kevin Hewison is Emeritus Professor in Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya. He is the author of more than 200 publications of politics, development and labour issues in Thailand and on Southeast Asia.

Veerayooth Kanchoochat is Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS, Tokyo). He holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development, with a focus on Thailand and newly industrialising economies in East and Southeast Asia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Executive Branch
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Asian
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies