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

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 276 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Undersranding Thai Democracy
3
Analysis of the Constitutions
30
THE PRACTICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL
69
The Expetience of a Minor Monarch
114
THE COMING OF AGE OF THAI
143
The Royal Climh to the Pinnacle of the Nation
181
Notes
210
Select Bikliogsupby
263
Index
271
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Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian is Dean of the Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia.

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