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Wichuda Satidporn
Stithorn Thananithichot


This article examines the importance of institutionalizing political parties in developing democracy. This article develops the conceptual framework of the institutionalization of political parties, which combines institutionalization factors in both internal and external dimensions and applies this conceptual framework to extract lessons on the institutionalization of political parties in various democratic countries, including Thailand. The results of applying the aforementioned conceptual framework, in particular to the case of Thailand, indicate that the failure to apply the notion of institutionalization to political parties in this country stems from the traditionally narrow-minded approach to considering the institutionalization of political parties rather than problems with the idea itself. Thus, this article suggests that building an institution for a political party is something that can be designed by giving importance to the development of political parties in a structured manner, along with promoting political parties to have the ability to play a solid political role under the democratic regime. 


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Satidporn, Wichuda, and Stithorn Thananithichot. 2023. “POLITICAL PARTY INSTITUTIONALIZATION FROM A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE: THE CASE OF THAILAND”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (3):313-27. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2393320s.
Author Biographies

Wichuda Satidporn, Srinakharinwirot University - Bangkok, Thailand

Wichuda Satidporn is a Lecturer at Innovative Learning Center, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. Her research interests are human and peace, state and economic development, Thai and Southeast Asian politics, and social welfare policy. She has published many books and article, most recently “Determinants of political participation in Thailand: An analysis of survey data (2002–2014),” Asian Politics & Policy 14(1): 92-113, 2022.

Stithorn Thananithichot, King Prajadhipok’s Institute - Bangkok, Thailand

Stithorn Thananithichot is a Director of the Office of Innovation for Democracy at King Prajadhipok's Institute, Thailand. His research interests include citizen activism, democratization, electoral behavior, and Thai politics. He has published more than twenty books and many articles, most recently “Who votes for virtue? Religion and party choice in Thailand’s 2019 election,” Party Politics 29(3): 501-512, 2023.