Much has been written about the reasons for Thailand's political instability and long cycle of military coups, but few have incorporated the kingdom's history of law and politics in the context of the last few turbulent years.
In his new book Thailand: History, Politics and the Rule of Law (Marshall Cavendish, April 2019), James Wise offers contemporary and historical insights into Thai history, politics and law. The book explores some features of the Thai political landscape through lenses that are familiar to Thais: hierarchy, protection, patron-client relations, personal connections, identity and nationalism.
Until the governance of Thailand is again recast — as it was in the 1890s, 1932 and 1997 — the country could remain vulnerable to political instability, the author concludes.
AIIA Victoria acknowledges the generous support of Asialink, and welcomes James Wise to discuss his new book and to examine the likely course of Thai politics as formation of the new government proceeds. Copies will be available for sale and for signing on the night.
James Wise was Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand from 2010 to 2014, and an Australian diplomat for over thirty years. He lived full-time in Thailand from 1995 to 1998, when he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy. He now divides his time between Bangkok and Canberra. Researching and writing this book has been his major preoccupation since retiring in 2014.