Since 1932, Thailand has gone through a gradual, and at times challenging, process of democratisation. The past decade has seen an increased awakening of rural voters to the value of their vote; this however has gone hand-in-hand with neo-populism and personality politics. Voters in all camps have developed a strong affinity for their respective leaders and party politics. But while the past was dominated by vote buying, and the present by personality politics, the future most definitely belongs to those who can articulate, communicate, and push through policies that most benefit the country.


In this new context there will be an increasing demand for lawmakers, public servants, academics, and journalists to engage voters and constituents at the policy level. Anticipating this, we believe there is a need today to nurture this new generation of future thinkers and leaders in Thailand.