Angels and Devils - Thai Politics from February 1991 to September 1992 by David Murray with an introduction by Withaya Sucharithanarugse
A Struggle for Democracy
Angels and Devils. A detailed account of the events in Thailand from the military coup in 1991 to the elections in 1992, when the democratic forces, or "angels" as they were popularly referred to, won the election and formed the government. The period under review can be seen as an important watershed in Thai political development, with the traditional military/bureaucratic leadership trying to cling to power in an age of increasing internationalism and globalization, and with a growing middle class demanding a more democratic form of government. Although the book very clearly focuses on Thailand, the events described and analyzed are placed within the broader framework of the development of democracy in the international setting, and the relevance of various models of democratic development to the Thai situation.