How Many Prime Ministers Is That? A Lot.

Today is the day in my Southeast Asian politics course when we discuss Thailand. Specifically, coups and prime ministers, and how Thailand has had many of them.

Here’s how I help the students to visualize it: with a big complicated table (which basically comes from Wikipedia). I use red to highlight periods of stability—defined as instances where the prime minister sticks around more than a year or two—and yellow to highlight coups.

prime ministers

Look at who was in charge during the red periods in the past, and how that changed recently.

I’m gearing up to add another line after the upcoming elections. I’m hoping that it’s not a yellow one.

Posted in Asia, Teaching
2 comments on “How Many Prime Ministers Is That? A Lot.
  1. Grant says:

    Thaksin had the Thais Love This Party? Or was it the Thais Love This party? In any case, it makes it clear that however common the coups may be, we’re not looking at a well unified military capable of holding power for more than a few years.

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