The Struggle for Nationalism in Contemporary Thailand

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The central political struggle in contemporary Thai politics is over nationalism. This struggle takes on various forms, including subnationalism, official state nationalism, constitutional nationalism, religious nationalism, and monarchical nationalism. This panel examines both the causes and consequences of these various types of nationalism as each paper lends unique insight into the future of the Thai nation. Theoretical and empirical frameworks are employed in this assessment, as well as a range of methodological approaches, from qualitative comparative historical to survey experiments.