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Monopolizing, mutualizing, or muddling through: factions and party management in contemporary Thailand

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Chambers, Paul W.; Croissant, Aurel

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Abstract In democracies throughout the world, intra-party factions manifest themselves in parties and governments. Formal and informal institutions have, however, proved crucial in managing factionalism. This is especially true in Thailand's emerging parliamentary democracy where the management of factionalism has become a major objective for Thai parties. This study explores factions and factionalism as well as how different types of parties try to manage intra-party dissension especially in the case of Thailand. The findings suggest that management style tends to be a function of a party's organization, with parties which practice a collegial style tending to be the more successful in controlling intra-party cliques over time. At the same time, the most important tools which party leaderships can use to control factions are the careful use of constitutional provisions and manipulation of party finance.
Keywords Thailand; party; faction; Southeast Asia; political power; democracy; parliamentarism; political conflict; organizational structure; management; institution
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Political Science; Southeast Asian Studies; Thai Studies; faction; factionalism; political parties; 2000-2010
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 3-33
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 29 (2010) 3
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works