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Oligarchy in Thailand?

Oligarchie in Thailand?
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Rhoden, Thomas F.

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Abstract A modern conception of oligarchy, which can be housed under an authoritarian regime as easily as it can under a liberal democratic one, can affect our understanding of the potential national political repercussions of extreme inequalities of wealth. This article has two goals: (1) to conceptually analyse the meaning of oligarchy; and (2) to make a descriptive case for its use in the Thai context. The test case of contemporary Thailand shows what exactly an oligarch or oligarchy means under a military regime and the potential effects for national politics of an oligarchy based on material wealth. Utilizing Jeffrey A. Winters’ Aristotelian-grounded conception of oligarchy for the contemporary world, this article argues that some political outcomes in Thailand are inexplicable without recourse to a modern variant of oligarchic theory and analysis. (author's abstract)
Keywords Thailand; political system; oligarchy; political culture; type of government; Southeast Asia; developing country; authoritarian system
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Method descriptive study; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 3-25
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 34 (2015) 1
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs