THAILAND-RETHINKING OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS POPULISM
Bangkok, 2017. Pixabay in Wikimedia Commons
By Wichit Chantanusornsiri
Bangkok Post-Dec 6
The new package intended for the poor, valued at 38 billion baht issued by the Prayut Chan-o-cha administration ahead of the election, is seen by critics as a populist tactic aimed at maximizing political gain. Yet in my opinion, it’s time we took a new look or changed our attitude toward populist policies. The fact is that all governments, elected or not, tend to embrace populism and even though some packages may not benefit the middle class, populist policies are just inevitable.
First published in: Bangkok Post