Social Groups, Political Forces and Democracy. A Structure-Driven Explanation of Democratic Transformation in Thailand
AbstractOn 19 September 2006, units of the Royal Thai Army successfully staged a coup d’?tat against the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. This article sets out to examine the recent events within the broader context of social and political developments in Thailand since 1932. Its main argument is that due to the complex configuration of societal conflicts within Thai society, the 2006 coup cannot be explained simply as a result of a lack of military professionalism. The failure of democracy is rather a consequence of the incapacity of the political system to accommodate these social and political tensions. The main shortcomings have been the weakly organized social bases for mass parties and, especially, the lack of adequate representation of the interests of the urban working class and rural voters. Simultaneously, the legitimacy of the political aspirations and preferences of those segments of Thai society has not been fully accepted by the political elites. Thaksin and his Thai Rak Thai party attempted to fill this vacuum from the late 1990s on. In view of the deep social cleavages that exist in Thai society and the lack of powerful organizations which could represent the interests of politically marginalized groups, the short-term prospects of further democratization in Thailand must be assessed with a certain degree of pessimism.
Download InfoTo our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.
Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Contact details of provider:
Postal: Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, D-20354 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 42825-593
Fax: +49 (0)40 42825-547
Web page: http://www.currentsoutheastasianaffairs.org
More information through EDIRC
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Marco Bünte) or (Howard Loewen) The email address of this maintainer does not seem to be valid anymore. Please ask Howard Loewen to update the entry or send us the correct address.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.