The Struggle for Political Legitimacy in Thailand

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    At the start of the twenty-first century, conflicting notions of political legitimacy once again caused political instability in Thailand. The most visible signs of a legitimacy crisis were the military’s ouster of popularly elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, the rewrite of the acclaimed 1997 “People’s Constitution” in early 2007, and the fall of two prime ministers within a year of their election. The unprecedented degree of political polarization—exacerbated by an imminent monarchical succession—introduced deep insecurity throughout the country.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolitical Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges
    Editors John Kane, Hui-Chieh Loy, and Haig Patapan
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
    ISBN (Print)9780230337534
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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