Thai History - The Beginning of the
The Beginning of the Constitutional Era
Early in his reign, King Prajadhipok (Rama VII, 1925-35) showed a tendency to
share responsibility for political decision making with his ministers. He also
appointed an advisory council to study the possibility of providing the country
with a constitution, but its royalist members advised against such a measure.
The civil bureaucracy, by contrast, considered the time ripe for such a move.
Siam faced severe economic problems because of the world depression, which had
caused a sharp drop in the price of rice. Discontent among the political elite
grew in reaction to retrenchment in government spending, which necessitated
severe cutbacks in the numbers of civil servants and military personnel, the
demotion in rank of others, and the cancellation of government programs.
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