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The 2014 Thai Coup and Some Roots of Authoritarianism

Author: Chris Baker

In: Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol 46, No 3, 2016, pp. 388-404

Baker argues that the purpose of the 2014 military coup was not only to end the influence of the radical Thaksin forces, but also to entrench authoritarianism.  He stresses the role of 'the professional and official elite' in promoting the coup and examines authoritarian tendencies in Thai politics and in Bangkok's middle class.