alexa Autochthonous Politics and Capitalist Development in Thailand
ISSN: 2332-0761

Journal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs
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Research Article

Autochthonous Politics and Capitalist Development in Thailand

Antonio L Rappa*

Head and Associate Professor, SBIZ/Management and Security Studies, Sim University, Singapore

*Corresponding Author:
Antonio L Rappa
Head and Associate Professor
SBIZ/ Management and Security Studies
Sim University, Singapore
Tel: +65 62485002
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: September 17, 2015; Accepted Date: October 24, 2015; Published Date: November 04, 2015

Citation: Rappa AL (2015) Autochthonous Politics and Capitalist Development in Thailand. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 3:176. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.1000176

Copyright: © 2015 Rappa AL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Autochthonous politics is defined as indigenous-developed politics. Adherence to autochthonous politics allows for the gradual evolution of indigenous political regimes in the face of foreign alternatives. Autochthonous politics is said to exist when indigenous political systems are not displaced by foreign political systems over time. Successful autochthonous power systems often revolve around a central political figure like a monarch or a dictator who maintains a stranglehold over the entire regime through a network of loyal sycophants and supplicants. The monarch or dictator retains central control over political power through legal and extra-legal means. The clearest example from European history was Louis XV. The Sun King or le roi soleil, meant when he said “l’état cest moi” or “I am the state”. The singular repsentation of a political demi-god derives legitimacy from mysterious universal sources. In the case of Thailand, the powerful Siamese monarchs sat on their thrones above heaven, earth and all men. All beings paid homage to the great and absolute power of the autochthonous monarch. The summative power of the monarch was made all the more powerful because of the grand narratives that surround the mystery and spirituality of the King of Kings1.


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