Political Change in Thailand: Democracy and Participation (Politics in Asia)


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Political Turmoil in Thailand: The Historical Position

The period between the coup and the current junta saw the intensification of propaganda efforts by the military—monarchy alliance to claw back political, cultural and economic power that it was in danger of ceding to popularly elected governments.

The division in Thai society at all levels became irreparable, leaving little political middle ground. In Thailand today, it is enough to accuse a prominent person of corruption, whether they are guilty or not, to bring about their downfall.

Thailand's Elections: What Happened, and What Happens Next?

The rest is then left to a complicit establishment media. This, combined with consistent propaganda, has left little room to discuss the Thaksin issue. Surviving leaders and those not currently incarcerated are under constant surveillance, and the movement has fragmented and been implanted with military agents. This makes it impossible, at this stage, for it to become a mass movement again.

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A number of effective pro-democracy leaders and politicians were imprisoned or charged in the years following the coup, so they are disqualified from participating in the elections. The elections , if and when they come, will be concocted , bought and stacked. Indeed, the military constitution of , signed off by a junta-appointed national assembly, does not allow for a free and fair election nor does it establish a basis for democracy.

The constitution, which followed a sham referendum , allows the military to control politics for at least the next 20 years.

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This is the irony. The ruling junta has failed in the last four years to achieve anything for them, only spending big for themselves.


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Abstract This dissertation is devoted to an examination of the democratic impact that internet diffusion has on political participation in East and Southeast Asia. To begin with, I conceptualize digitally mediated political participation in which internet use affords an unconventional pathway of individual citizens toward collective action. The mechanism of micro-mobilization lies in the technological capacity that enables structural ties to digitally networked activism.

Key points:

But unconventional mobilization involves contextual variation in opportunity structures across countries. Based on this comparative analysis, I study the mechanism of unconventional mobilization that is predicted by internet use at the individual level.


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In conclusion, digitally mediated political participation sheds light on a new individual pathway to citizen engagement in politics that is distinct from traditional communicative or organizational structures.

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