The Social Contract in the Reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, ascended the throne on 9 June 1946, and subsequently underwent coronation on 5 May 1950. The philosophy of his reign was, “to rule the land according to the dharma, for the benefit and happiness of the people of Siam.” With this, His Majesty upheld royal initiatives in several areas. He established numerous projects which created prototypes for governance and allowed people to put these into practice in a manner suitable for local social environments and cultures. This happened across more than 4,350 regional projects, and earned him a reputation as “the king of developers.” In order to enhance the quality of life of the people, he proposed a philosophy of total self-sufficiency, built on a foundation of human dignity. Therefore, in the elements of the reign of King Rama IX, we can see a social contract, consisting of a form of civic kingship, harmoniously linking the king with his subject population.
Keywords - King Rama IX, Thailand, social contract