9780700714735

Kings, Country and Constitutions: Thailand's Political Development 1932-2000

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  • ISBN13:

    9780700714735

  • ISBN10:

    0700714731

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-04-18
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon
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Summary

Provides a detailed analysis of Thailand's political development since 1932, when Thailand became a constitutional monarchy, until the present. It examines the large number of different versions of the constitution, which Thailand has had since 1932, and explains why the constitution has been subject to such frequent change, and why there have been so many outbursts of violent, political unrest. It explores the role of the military, and, most importantly, discusses the role of the monarchy, which, as the author shows, has been crucial in holding Thailand together through the various changes of regime. The author brings to light original and largely unseen documents from the Public Records Office and US National Archives, as well as drawing upon her extensive knowledge of politics in Thailand.

Author Biography

Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian is Dean of the Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Preface and Acknowledgements ix
The Chakri Dynasty xi
The Present Royal Family xii
PART I ANALYSIS OF THAI CONSTITUTIONS
1(68)
Understanding Thai Democracy
3(27)
Form Rather than Substance
3(5)
Development of Democracy a la Thailand
8(22)
The Paw Khun Style of Democracy/the Thai Buddhist Democracy
9(6)
The Limited/Guided Democracy or Prachathipatai Khreung Bai
15(5)
The Traditionalist Style of Democracy
20(10)
Analysis of the Constitutions
30(39)
The Politicians' Version of the Constitution
31(23)
The Constitutions: the People's Party Version
33(14)
The Constitutions: the Conservative-Royalist Versions
47(7)
The Constitutions: the Military Versions
54(4)
The Constitutions: the Post-1972 Version
58(4)
The Royal Version of Constitutional Monarchy
62(7)
PART II REALITY: THE PRACTICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, 1932-1952
69(74)
King Prajadhipok's Experience
71(43)
Biographical Survey
71(43)
King Prajadhipok's Idea of Constitutional Monarchy
85(16)
A Constitutional Monarch's Bitter Experience
101(13)
The Experience of a Minor Monarch
114(29)
Royal Biography: King Ananda Mahidol, 1935-1946
115(3)
Tension and Conflict
118(10)
The Throne Eclipsed
128(4)
Death of a King
132(5)
The Minority of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 1946-1952
137(6)
PART III REALITY: THE COMING OF AGE OF THAI CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, 1952-2000
143(67)
The Hard Struggle
145(36)
Biographical Outline
145(4)
Political Struggle
149(19)
A Turbulent Apprenticeship, 1951-1957
149(6)
Partnership with the Military Junta, 1957-1963
155(8)
On His Own, 1963-1973
163(5)
Supreme and Undisputed Pillar of the Nation, 1973-1990s
168(13)
The Royal Climb to the Pinnacle of the Nation
181(29)
Royal Assets
182(19)
Personal Attributes and the Royal Family
182(6)
King-People Relations
188(8)
Financial Independence
196(5)
Royal Liabilities
201(9)
Succession
201(5)
Personal Nature of the Monarchy
206(4)
Notes 210(53)
Select Bibliography 263(8)
Index 271

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