Democracy is weak, the monarchy is above the law

28 02 2014

Paul Chambers at E-International Relations:

Thailand today is sliding into political and economic instability. The country has become dangerously polarized over the issue of which path to follow into the future and who will lead that path. The current pandemonium is nearly a decade old. Democracy in Thailand is weak, owing to a monarchy existing above the law, lack of civilian control over the military, disruptions in the electoral regime and failures to adequately enforce civil liberties and political rights.

No surprise for PPT, but read the rest of the article too.

Chambers is a lecturer at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, Faculty of Political Science, Chiang Mai University.


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