Network monarchy and legitimacy crises in Thailand

  title={Network monarchy and legitimacy crises in Thailand},
  author={Duncan Mccargo},
  journal={The Pacific Review},
  pages={499 - 519}
  • D. Mccargo
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Political Science
  • The Pacific Review
Abstract This article argues that widely used ideas such as bureaucratic polity, constitutional monarchy, transitional democracy and political reform fail to characterize accurately the recent politics of Thailand. Instead, Thai politics are best understood in terms of political networks. The leading network of the period 1973–2001 was centred on the palace, and is here termed ‘network monarchy’. Network monarchy involved active interventions in the political process by the Thai King and his… 

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