Why did Thailand's middle class turn against a democratically elected government? The information-gap hypothesis

Jäger, Kai

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2011.623353
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1351034...
Additional URL: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2621107
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Democratization
Volume: 19
Issue number: 6
Page range: 1138-1165
Place of publication: Abingdon ; London
Publishing house: Routledge ; Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1351-0347 , 1743-890X
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: In 2006, Bangkok's middle-class residents overwhelmingly supported the military coup that displaced the elected government of Thaksin Shinawatra. Survey research shows that opponents of Thaksin had a stronger commitment to liberal democracy and possibly to royalist values while rural voters supported Thaksin because he fulfilled their social demands. Opposition to Thaksin was not motivated by economic interests, but rather, there is some evidence that urban middle- and upper-class voters disliked Thaksin because they heard negative reporting about him, which were less available in the countryside. These findings are compatible with a new theory of democratic consolidation, in which the upper classes have the means that would enable and encourage them to pay sufficient attention to politics to discover that what they viewed as ‘good government’ was violated by the ruling party, which could have led to demands for more democracy historically. More recently, however, in Thailand and perhaps other instances in Southeast Asia and Latin America, those with the money and leisure to follow politics closely have heard reports about the ‘bad government’ of populist, democratically elected leaders, and thus have turned against them.

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