Party Fabrication: Constitutional Reform and the Rise of Thai Rak Thai

  title={Party Fabrication: Constitutional Reform and the Rise of Thai Rak Thai},
  author={Allen Hicken},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Studies},
  pages={381 - 407}
  • A. Hicken
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of East Asian Studies
Among the most interesting questions in Thai politics today is how to account for the rise and (until recently) the success of Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai party. This article describes and analyzes some of the factors that contributed to the rise and success of Thaksin and Thai Rak Thai, arguing that neither Thaksin's personal assets nor the effects of the crisis are enough to explain Thai Rak Thai's rise and success. It focuses instead on the 1997 changes to Thailand's… 
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