A look at Thai constitutions since 1932

The chart below shows how Thailand’s various constitutions have alternated between largely elected legislatures and absolute executives.

Many red shirt protesters say they want to eliminate the current constitution, which was put in place in 2006 by a military-led government following the bloodless coup that overthrew then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Critics say the current constitution should be replaced with the previously-adopted 1997 constitution.

Here’s a look at how those documents — and other constitutions in Thailand since 1932 — differ:

Evolution of Thai constitutions: 1932-2006

This chart has been added to the Wikipedia Pages section of the Resources page.

Source: “Constitutions of Thailand (1932-2006), by balance of power between legislature and executive,” by Patiwat Panurach. From the Wikipedia entry for Constitution of Thailand.