Deformed Constitutionalism: Thai-style Judicialization and the Problem of Parliamentary Supremacy

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Pandit Chanrochanakit


This article traces practices of Thai Constitutional Court in order to understand how such practices effect the principles of parliamentary supremacy in Thai politics through the constitutional Court rulings from 2006 to 2021. This research suggests that the Thai-style judicialization can be divided into four waves. The first wave starts from court ruling over the April 2006 general election, the removal of the Election Commission from office, and the dissolution of the Thai Rak Thai party. The second wave comes in September 2008, in which the court disqualified Samak Sundaravej and follow with the dissolution of ruling parties in December 2008. The third wave comprises of the ruling over the constitution amendment case in April 2013 and the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra from office in May 2014. The last wave starts right after the 2019 general election. The four waves significantly contribute to the deformation of Thai politics as well as the intervention trough the principle of parliamentary supremacy.

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Chanrochanakit, P. (2021). Deformed Constitutionalism: Thai-style Judicialization and the Problem of Parliamentary Supremacy. Political Science and Public Administration Journal, 12(Suppl. 2), 1–18. Retrieved from
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