When Notions of Legitimacy Conflict: The Case of Thailand

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Title When Notions of Legitimacy Conflict: The Case of Thailand
Author Dressel, Bjoern
Journal Name Politics & Policy
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Thailand once again suffered political instability. This article argues that the reason for this renewed instability is found in contesting notions of political legitimacy. At one end of the spectrum is the traditional conception of a stratified paternalauthoritarian state where power emanates from the king and his networks—a view closely associated with the trinitarian state ideology of “nation, religion, king.” At the other is a much younger and weaker, yet still sturdy, opposing tradition of claiming popular sovereignty, constitutionalism, and performance as an alternative basis of legitimacy. Whether and how Thailand is able to resolve the inherent tension over these conflicting notions of legitimacy is thus critical not only for its return to stability but also for the type of political order likely to emerge in the future.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-1346.2010.00243.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 The Policy Studies Organization. Published by Wiley-Blackwell. Self-archiving of manuscripts in institutional repositories is not yet supported by The Policy Studies Organization. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 38
Issue Number 3
Page from 445
Page to 469
ISSN 0730-2177
Date Accessioned 2010-08-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33888
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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