Joining the values debate: the peculiar case of Thailand

Maisrikrod, Surin (1999) Joining the values debate: the peculiar case of Thailand. Sojourn, 14 (2). 6. pp. 402-413.

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This article discusses the relationship between the "Asian values" debate and democratic development in Thailand. Although there are beliefs and practices that could be identified as "Thai values" - which share common features with other Asian values - what is more salient in the Thai case is that the debate is not over the unsuitability of liberal democracy to the Thai cultural context but over which set of values, Western or Thai, best promotes civil society and liberal democracy. Western -based democracy is unquestionably accepted as a basis for political legitimacy in Thailand. The "globalizes" see universalism as a major source of democratic development, while the "communitarians" believe such an aspiration could be best realized by going back to Thai cultural roots and values - strong family ties, kinship, and co-operative community spirit - which are anti-state and anti-authoritarian in character and hence prodemocracy.

Item ID: 40650
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0217-9520
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 22:52
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 100%
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