The Impact of Populism Process on Thai State

  • Kanta Srilah, Piyaluk Potiwan, Pattakorn Sasanasupin


This article highlights to show the phenomenon that occurs with the process of constructing populism with the Thai state. Through analysis under the concept of populism in order to reflect the process that was the impact of populism in the Thai state. Qualitative research methods were used to collect from 30 key informants of citizens and political academics, who related to populism in Thailand.The result showed that the influence of families and the current constitutional law encourages populism; most constitutional laws have the gaps to create populism. Political parties and politicians create populism through public policy. Also, populism in the Thai state is seen as following the populist style in Latin America. This affects the Thai state, whether inequality, social stratification, and economic support systems affect as short-term economic stimulation but, on the other hand, affects the long-term make public debt. Besides, populism is also used as a tool for creating party policies for the campaign. The significant effects lead to conflicts between rural people and urban people. However, in the cultural dimension found that most people are satisfied with populist policies, people need to benefit from the implementation of the policy rather than the advantage of the whole social structure.