Thailand’s Unique Monarchy

King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy – Washington Post, October 22, 2016
…For political scientists, classifying the Thai political order has long proved difficult — above all because the king’s unique role defies orthodox interpretation. The deeply personal, even enchanted, reverence for the Thai king and his role in the country are alien to Western ways of understanding politics. The ordinary focus on interests and institutions has little place for a charisma of goodness, tradition and semi-divinity that can wield real political power…

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