Brooke Forbes, Yip Tsz Kit, Navreen Dhilon
Thailand’s unique democratisation process has seen a patchwork of crisis, corruption, constitution-drafting, monarchy allegiance and military coups. In the post-cold war era, Thailand is joining a movement across South East Asia and separating itself from autocracy, however the process is complex and susceptible to dramatic reversals.
Key concepts: monarchy, democracy,democratisation, liberalisation, revolution, military coup, autocracy
Rundown of Presentation
1. Journey from absolute Monarchy to political revolution
1.1 Political democratization in Thailand from 1973
1.2 1970’s – 1980’s (1973 Siam Revolution to the corrupt rule of Chatchai)
1.3 1997 Constitution: aiming at reinforcing democracy and rectification
1.4 The rise of Thaksin
2. The impact and implications of Thaksin’s leadership 2001-2006 and subsequent 2006 military coup 2.1 The rise of Thaksin Shinawatra 2.2 The National Agenda 2.3 The impact and implications of Thaksin’s Leadership
2.4 Factors that led to the fall of Thaksin Shinawatra
3. Why is Thailand’s democracy is susceptible to reversal?
3.1 Constitutional Change: Does the 2007 Constitution Undermine Democracy?The lingering presence of Thaksin through Yingluck
3.2 The lingering presence of Thaksin through Yingluck
3.3 Vote buying and Money Politics
3.4 Inequality is moral: the information gap hypothesis
3.5 Democracy and Monarchy: are they Contemporary Competing Forces in Thailand?
1. The revolution from above and Thailand 's transition to modernity
1.1 A brief background of Thailand
1.1.1 Geography- Regional differentiation Thailand covers an area of around 513,000 square kilometers, featuring by its mountainous north, agriculturally rich central plains and distinctive peninsula area in the south. 1.1.2 History Thailand is one of the ancient kingdom in Asia.
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