The concept of neo-royalism—being sacred, popular, and democratic—has served as a formula of success during King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s long reign. However, in the twilight of the Bhumibol era and with the obviously less able Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn waiting to succeed, this concept poses a potentially dangerous trap for the monarchy and its entire network.
Neo-royalism and the Future of the Thai Monarchy: From Bhumibol to Vajiralongkorn
Pavin Chachavalpongpun is Associate Professor at Kyoto University’s Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. He is a Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford University Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia for the 2015–2016 academic year. Professor Pavin is also Editor of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Pavin Chachavalpongpun; Neo-royalism and the Future of the Thai Monarchy: From Bhumibol to Vajiralongkorn. Asian Survey 1 December 2015; 55 (6): 1193–1216. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2015.55.6.1193
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