By Michael Connors

This booklet seeks to light up how Thai elites have used democracy as an device for order and self-discipline. Drawing on interviews, various Thai language resources, and demanding thought, the writer unearths a amazing variation of the assumption of democracy within the Thai context. Connors indicates how elites have drawn on Western political idea to layout initiatives to create smooth electorate. He argues that it really is attainable to work out the assumption and perform of elite liberal democracy in Thailand, and in different places, as a key ideological source within the venture of securing hegemony over undisciplined populations. during this standpoint the information of civil society, civic advantage, social capital and democracy itself are all a part of the weaponry deployed which will create 'good citizens', who act as guardians of the elite outlined universal reliable.

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As Preston suggests, post-colonial elites in ‘developing’ countries were strongly influenced by the doctrine of nationalism as a resource for modernization. Preston, Discourses of Development: State, Markets and Polity in the Analysis of Complex Change, Aldershot: Avebury, 1994, pp. 4–7. Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Gramsci and the State, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1980, pp. 47, 111–36. It would be quite useful to draw many parallels between modern Thailand and Gramsci’s Italy, given the nature of the bourgeoisie in Thailand.

268. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, pp. 157–73, p. 160; see also Barry Smart, Foucault, Marxism and Critique, Melbourne: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, p. 160. Burchell, C. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 1–52, p. 3. 70 See Barry Hindess, Discourses of Power: From Hobbes to Foucault, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996, pp. 97–113. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp.

P. 208. Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks, London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1971, p. 268. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, pp. 157–73, p. 160; see also Barry Smart, Foucault, Marxism and Critique, Melbourne: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983. ) Foucault: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986, p. 160. Burchell, C. Miller (eds) The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 1–52, p. 3. 70 See Barry Hindess, Discourses of Power: From Hobbes to Foucault, Oxford: Blackwell, 1996, pp.

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