The Constitutional System of Thailand: A Contextual Analysis
Assesses the numerous attempts to establish a system of democratic government in Thailand against the background of Thai politics and culture. This title focuses on a critical discussion of the institutional frameworks which have been established under constitutions.
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|Library of Congress
||Constitutional law - Thailand
||Law: General & Reference
||College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Description of this Book
This book assesses the numerous attempts to establish a modern system of democratic government in Thailand against the background of Thai politics and culture. The fact that since 1932, when it became a constitutional monarchy, Thailand has had 18 constitutions speaks of an unstable political system which has seen rapid and repeated fluctuations between military rule and elected government. The main focus of this study is a critical discussion of the institutional frameworks which have been established under recent constitutions. Individual chapters deal with the monarchy, elections and parliament, the civil service and the executive organs of the state, the contracting and regulatory state, local government, Thailand's constitutional watchdog bodies and the constitutional role of the courts.
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||Andrew Harding and Peter Leyland must be applauded for having delivered an easily accessible, balanced and comprehensive account of the Thai constitutional system a first in English.This is an ambitious study, striding confidently across the varying fields of history, politics and legal scholarship. Given the considerable country expertise of the two authors, their careful referencing, and their suggestions for further readings (in Thai and English) at the end of each chapter, this book leaves little for readers to wish for, particularly those readers seeking an accessible introduction to a complex subject.The book should also offer useful insights for a wider audience not otherwise drawn by the title of the book because the authors have a broad concept of constitutionalism that embraces such related topics as civil service reform, party systems, and corruption concerns.Given it is both stylistic in manner and comprehensive in approach, it should be essential reading for those seeking to understand a constitutional context that has bewildered observers for decades. In effect, it gives readers the information they need to form their own opinions, which so few scholarly works readily achieve.Bjorn DresselEuropean-Asian Journal of Law and GovernanceVolume 1, No. 2, Autumn 2011
Andrew Harding is Professor of Asia-Pacific Law at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Peter Leyland is Professor of Public Law at London Metropolitan University.