alexa Thailand: How powerful is the Thai military?
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Defense Management

Author(s): Giles Ji Ungpakorn

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eptember 6, 2010 -- Despite the fact that millions of Thais believe that the centre of power among the conservative elites today is the monarchy or the Privy Council, the real centre of power, lurking behind the throne, is the military. The military has intervened in politics and society ever since the 1932 revolution against the absolute monarchy. This is because the Peoples Party led by Pridi Panomyong relied too much on the military rather than building a mass party to stage the revolution. Yet it is also a cliché to just state the number of military coups that have taken place. The power of the military is not unlimited.

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This article was published in Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. and referenced in Journal of Defense Management

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