The Wheel of Crisis in Thailand

For decades, Thailand has been entangled in a cycle of political turmoil that oscillates between elections, street protests, and coups both military and judicial. Although this dynamic has dominated in Thailand since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, what we term the “wheel of crisis” has increased its rotational speed since the 1997 Asian economic collapse. This Hot Spot series inquires into the underlying conditions of Thailand's recent political upheavals, with sections focusing on legal and political stuctures (Hewison, Haberkorn, Streckfuss, Sinpeng, Chachavalpongpun, and Winichakul), social divisions and citizenship (Mills, Elinoff, McCargo, and Arafat Bin Mohamad), the turning of civil society against democracy (Phatharathananunth, and Sae Chua), and larger structure questions (Tausig, Sopranzetti, and Aulino).

Posts in This Series

Introduction: The Wheel of Crisis in Thailand

Judicial Politicization as Political Conservatism

Article 17, a Totalitarian Movement, and a Military Dictatorship

The End of the Endless Exception?: Time Catches Up With Dictatorship in Thailand

The Cyber Coup

Academic Freedom Under Siege

The Last Gasp of Royalist Democracy

Questioning Thailand’s Rural-Urban Divide

Like Everyone Else

Double Trouble: Thailand's Two Souths, Thailand's Two Conflicts

Red Shirts, Yellow Shirts, Same Difference

Civil Society Against Democracy

Revisiting “People’s Politics”

Party Anthems

Political Legitimacy in Thailand

Hierarchy and the Embodiment of Change