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Considerations on inequality and politics in Thailand

Hewison, K. (2014) Considerations on inequality and politics in Thailand. Democratization, 21 (5). pp. 846-866.

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In Thailand, economic inequality has long been a fact of life. It is a “general inequality of condition” that can be seen to influence all aspects of social, economic, and political life. Yet inequality has not always been associated with political activism. Following the 2006 military coup, however, there has been a deliberate and politicized linking of inequality and politics. The article explores a complex of political events – elections, coup, constitution, and the political ascent of Thaksin Shinawatra – that has given rise to a relatively recent politicization of economic and political inequalities, now invoked in street politics – a rhetoric developed amongst pro-Thaksin red shirts that challenged the status quo and generates conflict over the nature of electoral democracy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: Taylor & Francis
United Nations SDGs: Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Notes: Published online: 27 March 2014
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