Democratic Consolidation or Backsliding? Analysis and Implications of Thailand’s 2023 General Election


About the Webinar

Thai politics appears to have come full circle, with the upcoming general election on May 14th shaping up to be yet another power struggle between military generals and the Shinawatra family. Old patterns have resurfaced, as political parties compete for votes through economic populism, and candidates campaign using vote-canvassing networks and money politics. However, the political landscape is also ripe for significant disruption and transformation. Generational divides in political attitudes and looming coalitional shifts suggest that a new political landscape may be on the horizon. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the future of Thai politics and the implications of the upcoming election for Thailand and the region.

About the Speaker

The Honorable Abhisit Vejjajiva served as the twenty-seventh Prime Minister of Thailand from December 2008 to August 2011, presiding over a six- and then seven-party coalition government. He entered parliament as a “new face” following the elections of March 1992, representing the Bangkok districts of Sathon, Yannawa and Bang Kho Laem. Reelected to parliament eight times, he was the leader of the Democrat Party for nearly a decade and a half, from 2005 to 2019.


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May 17 2023


10:00 am - 11:30 am