Thailand: The Politics of Despotic Paternalism, Revised Edition
In 1958, Marshal Sarit Thanarat became prime minister of Thailand following a bloodless coup. This book offers a comprehensive study of Sarit's paternalistic, militaristic regime, which laid the foundations for Thailand's support of the US military campaign in Southeast Asia. The analysis documents the ways in which Sarit shaped modern Thai politics, in part by rationalizing a symbiotic relationship between his own office and the Thai monarchy.
This book was awarded the first Ohira Prize (Japan) in 1985 and translated into Japanese by Professor Tamada of Kyoto University in 1989.
Thak Chaloemtiarana, Democracy, political culture, military coup, nepotism, corruption, populism, nationalism, Cold War, development, counter-insurgency, phokhun, masculinity, Sarit Thanarat, coup d