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  • Enrique Chaljub

Updated: Apr 9, 2019

This is an excerpt of an essay which covers Thai political history since the rise of Thai-Chinese businessman turned politician, Thaksin Shinawatra. We encourage you to read the cited works for more detailed explanations.

Sunday, March 24th, elections will be held in Thailand for the first time since the military seized power in 2014. The military coup was a result of a political crisis which gripped the country for months, a crisis that has its roots in deep in the polarized center of Thai politics. A fundamental question which hasn’t achieved any real consensus in the country since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932: how should Thailand be governed?

"Ultimately, Thailand might need to consider whether the system of one man, one vote is best for us or not."

-Bangkok Post

August 15, 2011

Deconstructing Thai Democracy

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Our Project

In May 2014, the Thai Military seized control of the country for the 12th time since 1932. Although the military junta, or "NCPO", promised an expedient return to democracy, elections were repeatedly postponed for more than 4 years.

These collected works aim to document what will in time be remembered as either Thailand's return to democracy, or as a continuation of a trend  toward electoral authoritarianism. Our goal is to contextualize some of the phenomenon guiding Thai politics during this transition.

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