Buddhist Politics and Their Revolutionary Origins in Thailand

  title={Buddhist Politics and Their Revolutionary Origins in Thailand},
  author={Charles F. Keyes},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  pages={121 - 142}
  • C. Keyes
  • Published 1 April 1989
  • Sociology
  • International Political Science Review
Thailand is often viewed as an Asian country which has experienced no fundamental revolutionary change because the two major institutions on which the Thai nation is predicated—the monarchy and the Buddhist monkhood or Sangha—have deep roots in the past. Despite the continuity of these institutions, this article argues that Thai politics, which have been shaped in the past two decades by the influence of a number of activist Buddhist movements, can only be understood if it is recognized that… 
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