Since the end of the Cold War Thailand has been the poster child of democratization processes in Southeast Asia. Students protests, farmers’ activisms, a thriving civil society and expanding middle classes seemed to make the country to a model of successful democratic transition. In the last decades, however, many of the forces that supported that process have turned sour toward electoral politics. This talk explores how that happened–in term of new class alliances, discourses of corruption and morality, and legalism – and casts Thailand as a space of experimentation for a new model of authoritarianism, inspired by Beijing and spreading throughout the region.
Source and further information: Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Link (16 October 2019)