Thailand: Democratic Audit 2014
Thailand used to be a beacon of democracy in South-East Asia. Its democratic system was never perfect, but decades of struggle by social movements had limited the powers of the military and un-democratic elites. However, today, Thailand has slipped backwards, nestling comfortably with the various despotic regimes of ASEAN, with only the Philippines and Indonesia having some degree of freedom and democracy.
The state of democracy in Thailand has reached a critical low. The reasons for this sorry state of affairs are both historical and current.