Electoral politics: Commercialisation and exclusion

Maisrikrod, Surin (1997) Electoral politics: Commercialisation and exclusion. In: Hewson, Kevin, (ed.) Political Change in Thailand : Democracy and Participation. Politics in Asia . Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 132-148.

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Thailand’s politics can no longer be seen in terms of a straightforward conflict between military officers and bureaucrats on the one hand, and emerging civilian forces on the other. Major changes in the political order began with the fall of the Thanom-Prapat-Narong regime in 1973, having important implications for the electoral process. These changes have seen both fragmentations and realignments of political elites. Elections have gained increasing importance as mechanisms for managing political change, but power remains the preserve of the few. The mass of the population continues to be excluded from a significant say in the way the country is governed. Before discussing the nature of the changes in electoral politics, the relevant social, economic, political and historical contexts will first be examined.

Item ID: 76039
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 0-203-07578-1
Copyright Information: © 1997 Kevin Hewison: selection and editorial matter; individual contributions © the contributors.
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 01:46
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440803 Comparative government and politics @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 50%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230202 Electoral systems @ 80%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230203 Political systems @ 20%
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