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Bringing together essays by Thai specialists as well as Western scholars in the region on key topics connected to Thailand's current legitimacy . product description page. Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand - (King Prajadhipok's Institute Yearbook) by Marc Askew (Paperback)

Bringing together essays by Thai specialists as well as Western scholars in the region on key topics connected to Thailand's current legitimacy crisis, the book concludes with an insightful analysis of the key challenges facing the country politically, institutionally, and economically. Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand - (King Prajadhipok's Institute Yearbook) by Marc Askew (Paperback).

Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand book. This collection is published as volume 5 in the yearbook series of King Prajadhipok’s Institute, Thailand. Marc Askew is Senior Fellow in Anthropology in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry, University of Melbourne.

Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand. MORE BY Andrew J. Nathan. November/December 2011. Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand (King Prajadhipok's Institute Yearbook). The Thailand- and Singapore-based contributors to this volume diagnose what ails Thailand with clinical clarity. According to Michael Montesano, two significant structural flaws are the growth of the income gap since the 1997–98 Asian financial crisis and an unresponsive, overcentralized local administrative system.

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2010), Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books ( King Prajadhipok’s Institute Yearbook No. 5 (2008/09)). ISBN 978-974-9511-97-8, 340 pages. Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 30(2), pages 166-172. Handle: RePEc:gig:soaktu:v:30:y:2011:i:2:p:166-172.

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Intense political and ideological polarization has characterized the Thai state and society in the wake of the coup of 2006. Conflicts center on the legitimacy of institutions and the uses and abuses of power alongside the parallel crisis of state legitimacy posed by the ongoing violence in the country’s Deep South. This collection of essays explores themes and issues arising from the polarization that has dominated Thailand’s domestic affairs and impacted its international relations in the years 2008 to early 2010. Based on extensive research and documentation, this volume offers an important review and analysis of key events in Thailand’s volatile political affairs during this period.Bringing together essays by Thai specialists as well as Western scholars in the region on key topics connected to Thailand’s current legitimacy crisis, the book concludes with an insightful analysis of the key challenges facing the country politically, institutionally, and economically.

First. This book can not be read alone by people who are looking after which politic and historic there has been in Thailand since 2004. And besides concerning neutrality there are big differences between the chapters which are written by different persons.

In the book many important details are forgotten. On side 5 where it's written that Thaksin in February 2010 by the court was sentenced to pay 46.37 billion baht (around $, half of the money which had been blocked in the bank. But in this book it's not told that this was because that the selling of the firm, which he and the family owned, was done outside Thailand and thereby getting rid of tax paying. But when the trouble started after the firm was sold, in the news it turned out that the same procedure had been used thousands of times before by other persons selling of firms. As it for example are mentioned in book by Chris Baker & Pasuk Phongpaichit: "Thai Capital After The 1997 Crisis". But as the first Thaksins family were judged for this. As a remark it shall be mentioned that in Denmark I have studied laws, nut for being a lawyer but in the connecting with other educations, so I've many time been reading in lows.

The book is estimating that it's telling about what has happened in Thailand especially during the years 2008 and 2009. But it for example don't tell anything about how the laws has been changed especially since 2004, and that in these years increasingly more people, as result of that, have been put in jail for lese-majesty. In the very new book connected to Copenhagen University, by Søren Ivarsson and other persons: "Saying the Unsayable. Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand", there for example are mentioned the name of a person that I 2009 was put 18 years in prison for lese-majesty. And among other the case of a girl that was put in prison for something she had said in 2006, when the military took the power, but first in 2007 put in prison, after there then had come a new low according to which what she had said the year before was lese-majesty! But there is not mentioned anything about this in "Legitimacy Crisis in Thailand", even though that other books tells that after these new lese-majesty laws all newspapers are afraid to connect the kings family to anything.

By the election in December 2007, under the military dictatorship, the Thaksin minded parties again won, and Samak Sundaravej then became prime minister. The authors in the book don't find it wrong that the court then 9 month later dethroned him because he in TV two times had shown food making. But for a person born in a country with democracy and having studied laws it looks strange and undemocratic.

And in 2008 when the Thaksin minded parties had the majority in the parliament, The Yellows started demonstrations and occupied the government building for 192 days, and besides that for some time, among other, also occupied the parliament, the airports, and The Reds TV station. The military would not help against this because, as they said, that could result in blood! And the author finds this to be the correct decision by the military, even though internationally it's written in the rather equal laws that the military shall help the governments in such a case. And besides later, when The Reads demonstration started the 13th of marts 2010, the author now find it correct by the military to put in 20.000 man and shoot on the demonstration, because the demonstration coursed that the government could not work! It resulted in 90 dead and 1.800 wounded. But where is the difference between The Yellows demonstration in 2008 and The Reds in 2010, except that the The Yellows among other took hostages?

After that Abhisit become prime minister in December 2008, by the court making the 3 parties behind the Thaksin minded government illegal, and giving many of their MPs quarantine for 5 year, one of the MPs who for 7 days had been leading the occupation of the biggest airport became foreign minister. And nobody was ever taken to the court or put in jail for these occupation where they even threatened by killing the hostages if the police or military tried to stop them. But after The Reds demonstration in 2010 around 400 of them were put in jail and 50 leader were brought to the court. And, as well as I'm informed, most of these leaders each got 9 months in prison. Some of these are now warring shirts showing lines for each of these days in jail. But the book don't write about all this.

Concerning the demonstration in 2010 the writer also forget to mention that the general Se Daeng, who was joining The Reds, not allowed weapons as for example guns or pistols for the demonstrators, which he told again and again in TV. And he was not wearing helmet or other protections because were he was positioned on the street and told that he was safe and away from the militaries guns. But he was killed by an army sniper, hit in the head, when standing and talking with a journalist. Since the demonstration in 2010 it has many times been shown in some TV canals that the military, on the street, had a long shooting person, inn civil, positioned between the soldiers. But in the book it's mentioned that a military leader later had to admit that he had ordered soldiers to shoot on servile persons stand quit long away!

Concerning general Se Daeng (SD), the book mention that the earlier chef of the military, Prem (born in 1920 and close friend with the king), early in 2010 said that a bomb had exploded in his office and that it without doubt it was SD who had been behind this trying to kill him. Nobody ever saw how it looked in the office after this bomb, or even saw pictures from the office. Beside that most people in Thailand believe that it was Prem that was the chief behind the coup in 2006.

The book also forgets to tell many things connected to The Yellows demonstration in 2008 against The Reds government. First by one of The Yellows occupying of buildings an officer came driving a car with bombs from the military to the occupiers, but just before he arrived it all exploded. By his funeral, TV showed that one of the dictators from one of the earlier coups was there and called him a hero. And by one of these occupations of buildings, where police for the only time came to stop it, one girl died and other occupiers and police persons was wounded. TV showed that to the girls funeral the queen came and called her a hero. And besides the queen visited hospital with the wounded occupiers. And opposite to this the wounded policemen that came to hospitals were rejected by doctors! Why is actions like these forgotten in this book. A historical book shall try to be neutral.

And, as written in this book, when foreign minister Hillary Clinton visited Thailand 2 year ago she said that it is good that Thailand now had become a democratic country!

The book also say that The Yellow, and thereby people of Thailand, in 2008 was demonstration against the Thaksin minded government because the Thailand people didn't like Thaksin and the government. But it's forgotten that Thaksin 2 years earlier made a low which by after persons sign up made it possible for the person to go to the hospitals, and thereby doctors, for only paying 30 Baht ($ 7). I one year more than 40 millions of Thailands 72 millions of people were signed up to this. An enormous success for Thaksin. And The Yellow are most peoples from the big cities and middle class people, but in Thailand 70 % are poor, that is most earning less the 7.000 Baht a month (les than $ 240 a month). Loves salary by low is around $ 5 a day, but many get less. So thereby the poor like Thaksin, even though the book write the people don't like him.

There are many other things that the book forgets to mention. So again all put together, for a person who want to get a neutral history about what really has happened in Thailand in the last 10 years, he or she, will have to reed other books besides this one. I by myself have been reading much history ever since I 55 years ago had been the first year in school and learned reading, and among other own 15 books about Thailand.
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I have not received the book before for 3 months probably the customs problems in China, Amazon is very fast to send me a new one. appreciated.
This book tells an important and fascinating story.
Thailand's politics are in a right royal mess. Usually the King sorts them out, either by having his courtiers make a few discreet phonecalls or by knocking political heads together. But he is too frail to do so, and Thailand is now too complex to be sorted out by phone. So people are deeply worried about what might happen in the future when the King dies.
The seven writers in this book spell out the underlying issues - Bangkok's elite can no longer get by, patronising the rural underclass in Thailand's north east now that the Red Shirts fight back so belligerantly (last year 90 people died in the battles). The print media can't be trusted to report objectively any longer and Prime Minister Abhisit's call for reconciliation gets dismissed as laughable. The army calls the shots behind the scenes (with a bigger budget), although Abhisit is left to take the criticism and may well lose the coming elections that he needs to call soon. The book shows too how the unresolved conflict that bubbles away in the mainly Muslim South resonates with the anger felt in the rest of Thailand outside Bangkok, because politics fails to offer people a proper or credible voice.
This gulf widens day by day (as does the huge gap in earnings between the rich and the poor) and no amount of tinkering at the top will sort it out. Thailand may still be prosperous but it is in deep trouble. It can no longer muddle through: its disastrous education system has caused a huge mis-match in the country's skills base. The writers hint that Thailand is still bedevilled by the power of its bureaucracy and a prisoner to its kow-towing ceremonials and symbols. Until this is faced up to, head on, political legitimacy and order will never really be achieved.
There are, however, two problems with the book. A soggy blanket of redundant words (a third of them) cloud the issues the authors analyse. It took me a long time to disentangle the book's nuggets from the wordy dross. The writers should look at George Orwell's 1946 essay: The Politics of English, and apply his six basic rules of plain English to their writing. The other problem is the writers don't fully tease out some key insights for fear of landing in prison on charges of "lese majeste". Both Paul Handley (2006: The King Never Smiles) and Giles Ungpakorn (2007: A Coup For The Rich) had to flee to England after their books were published (they are still available on Amazon).
As the authors argue here, until Thailand tackles these underlying problems, it will never be free of its cycle of coups, constitution changes and crony filled governments. Read the book!