Tag Archives: Serhat Unaldi

Making royal propaganda from the cave II

While PPT refrained from commentary on the remarkably uplifting cave rescue, we have said a few things about its use for palace propaganda purposes (here, here and here). Our point has been to point out that the kind of royal propaganda is nothing new, but that this is an opportunity for the palace to boost […]

Ünaldi review available for free download

A reader has told us that Serhat Ünaldi’s review of Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s A Kingdom in Crisis is now available for free download at the Journal of Contemporary Asia. We looked, and it is.

A Kingdom in Crisis reviewed VIII

It is some time since we posted on the initial reviews of Andrew MacGregor Marshall’s book A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century. Earlier reviews can be found here. At the Journal of Contemporary Asia, there is a new and longer review, by academic Serhat Ünaldi. Unfortunately, the review is […]

Palace coups

PPT has just noticed a “birthday celebration” article on the king and politics in The Atlantic magazine. It makes some interesting points and shows how international commentators have become far more wary of simply reproducing palace propaganda than was the case even in the recent past. For that change, we can credit the efforts of […]

Middle-class politics

Serhat Ünaldi is Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung and is one of the author’s of the Foundation’s Asia Policy Brief Asian Middle Classes – Drivers of Political Change? (opens a PDF). The lightly-referenced report is the subject of Ünaldi’s article at The Diplomat on “The Tyranny of SE Asia’s Establishment.” It begins with the […]

On being in the network

Some years ago, academic Duncan McCargo came up with the descriptive notion of a “network monarchy.” By this he meant a “form of governance operating in Thailand” that considered the “political order is characterized by network-based politics. From 1973 to 2001, Thailand’s leading political network was that of the reigning monarch, King Bhumibol.” He adds […]

On being in the network

Some years ago, academic Duncan McCargo came up with the descriptive notion of a “network monarchy.” By this he meant a “form of governance operating in Thailand” that considered the “political order is characterized by network-based politics. From 1973 to 2001, Thailand’s leading political network was that of the reigning monarch, King Bhumibol.” He adds […]