The Reasons for the Resilience of Prayut Chanorcha’s Regime (71869)

Session Information: Security, Threats, and Securitization

Session Chair: Haruko Satoh

Saturday, 1 July 2023 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Lecture Room 2
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

The objective of this article is to find the reasons for the resilience of Prime Minister Prayut Chanorcha’s regime, which has lasted since 2014, despite numerous criticisms against his government’s inefficiency and corruption. Those reasons are: 1) Prayut gains firm support from the network of powerful cliques like the military, the judiciary and the public sectors. 2) Prayut legitimizes his regime with the new constitution, rigged election and the parliamentary system, in collaboration with the political parties and the appointed senators. 3) Prayut cunningly uses the draconian laws and the enforcers to suppress his political opponents. 4) Prayut draws support from the conservative by creating an image of the protector of Thailand’s security and main institutions especially the Monarchy. 5) Prayut’s team and his supporters use social media to boost his image and attack his political opponents, especially the opposition parties.

Atthasit Muangin, Phayao University, Thailand

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