Thai Politics in Flux: the 2019 Elections and their Aftermath
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the polarization that has afflicted Thailand's recent politics, as seen in the highly contentious March 2019 elections and the subsequent re-appointment of 2014 General Prayut Chan-ocha as prime minister. It asks whether Thailand is experiencing some form of democratic rollback: exactly how can the county's current politics best be characterised?
Bio: Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, working mainly on the politics of Southeast Asia. His books include the best-selling The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored, NIAS 2005), and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). His Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand will be published by Cornell at the end of 2019. A regular contributor to media outlets including the Financial Times, The Guardian, and New York Times, McCargo served as the elected President of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (2013-17). At the University of Leeds, he twice chaired one of Britain’s largest political science departments and co-supervised 29 PhD students to successful completion. During his time at Columbia University, he co-founded the Columbia-based New York Southeast Asia Network (www.nysean.org).