The Domination of a Fussy Strongman in Provincial Thailand: The Case of Banharn Silpa-archa

Yoshinori Nishizaki

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    Abstract

    Several scholars portray Thai provincial strongmen as having character traits associated with nakleng - 'tough guys' - who are violent and ruthless toward enemies, but generous and compassionate toward supporters. Banharn Silpa-archa, the strongman of Suphanburi province, does not fit the description however. His personality is reflected in the way he meticulously - fussily - monitors all local development projects. This surveillance pushes otherwise lazy and inefficient local civil servants to be more diligent in their work. Banharn's domination rests on Suphanburians' appreciation of his non-nakleng-type leadership.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-291
    JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
    Volume37
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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