Thailand Update: One year After 2019 Election

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Thailand Update: One year After 2019 Election
Stream: Political Sciences
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Punchada Sirivunnabood, Mahidol University, Thailand (organizer, presenter, chair)
Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (presenter)
Suthikarn Meechan, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (presenter)
Kuboon Charumanee, Mahasarakham University, Thailand (presenter)
Pitchaya Sirivunnabood, The Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan (presenter)


In March 2019, Thailand held the first election since 2011. Many analysts hoped that this election would end the military’s junta five-year rule and return Thailand to more democratic government. Six months after the election, however, the evidence shows that Thailand is still far from democratization. The junta continues to maintain its power in the form of a 17-party coalition government, the largest coalition in Thai political history. The government faces many political and economic struggles due to different policy platforms and resource competition between coalition partners. This panel, therefore, will examine the current political and economic challenges facing the military-backed coalition government and evaluating its effectiveness in delivering on policy promises during its first year in office. The five papers in this panel take different methodological perspectives on the issues as follow: Punchada Sirivunnabood’s political science will focus on how the major government party, Phalang Pracharat, manage to control all of its factions and coalition parties in line in order to secure its power and implement government policy. Suthikan’s paper will cover how the government is responsible for the changes in local politics which also affects its stability in the long term. For economic challenges, Pitchaya Sirivunnabood and Kaewkamon Pitakdumrongkit will cover how the new government has been responsible for changes in global economy. Finally, Kuboon’s paper will focus on the new government’s foreign policy in responding to the new form of regional architecture.