Thailand - Four elections and a coup

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Abstract

Thailand's political turmoil, evident after the December 2007 elections, is more than the sparks of ordinary conflict between rival elites seeking access to state power. The struggle has become not just about state capture, but also about who gets to determine the most fundamental questions relating to political order - the rules of the game. This article offers a critical interpretation of a decade of Thai politics, with the focus on the 2007 election and its aftermath. It examines debates about democracy, considers the position of the Thai monarchy and reflects on the regional implications of the Thai crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-496
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Journal of International Affairs
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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