At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Thailand once again suffered political instability. This article argues that the reason for this renewed instability is found in contesting notions of political legitimacy. At one end of the spectrum is the traditional conception of a stratified paternal-authoritarian state where power emanates from the king and his networks-a view closely associated with the trinitarian state ideology of "nation, religion, king." At the other is a much younger and...[Show more]
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