Thailand’s Conservative Democratization
Hewison, K. (2010) Thailand’s Conservative Democratization. In: Chu, Yin-wah and Wong, Siu-lun, (eds.) East Asia’s New Democracies Deepening, Reversal, Non-liberal Alternatives. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 122-140.
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Since its overthrow of the absolute monarchy in 1932, Thailand has had an astonishing democratic transition record: it has had more transition’, to democracy than any other Asian country. It has also had more transitions away from democracy in the same period. While something of a joke, this highlights the fact that Thailand’s widely anticipated democratic consolidation has repeatedly been concluded. But as the twentieth century) ended. as a new constitution was implemented and the military weakened, there was increased confidence that the ‘consolidation process” had advanced so far that a “reversal of the democratic trend [seemed] increasingly unlikely’ (Suchit 1999: 68).
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