Constitutional bricolage : Thailand's sacred monarchy vs. the rule of law / Eugénie Mérieau

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Type : Livre / Book

Langue / Language : anglais / English

ISBN : 978-1-5099-2769-2

ISBN : 1-5099-2769-7

Droit constitutionnel -- Thaïlande

Monarchie -- Aspect politique -- Thaïlande

Politique et gouvernement -- Thaïlande

Classification Dewey : 342.593

Collection : Constitutionalism in Asia / series editors: Kevin YL Tan and Li-ann Thio / Oxford [etc.] : Hart Publishing , 2014-

Résumé / Abstract : This book explores the unique constitutional model in operation in Thailand. Reflecting on the category of 'constitutional monarchy' and its relation with notions of the Rule of Law, it investigates the hybridised semi-authoritarian, semi-liberal monarchy that exists in Thailand. It goes further to show the institutionalised nature of the Thai monarchy by studying its constitutional texts in light of local doctrine. These findings challenge commonly accepted claims about Thailand, arguing that any political and constitutional instability is not the result of its borrowing from Western constitutionalism, as generally thought. Rather, it shows how the monarchy's use of constitutional elements, 'bricolaged' from various legal traditions and hybridised with Buddhist doctrines, is the prime driver of that instability. Drawing on materials and sources not previously available in English, this important work provides a comprehensive and critical account of the Thai 'mixed constitutional monarchy' from the late nineteenth century to the present day.