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Corruption and Democracy in Thailand
This book is the result of a major research study on corruption, set in its political context. It covers estimates of the amounts involved; the roles of politicians, business people, bureaucrats, and police; the political background and impact; popular attitudes on corruption; and potential counter-measures. The publication of the original research prompted a political sto ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Silkworm Books
(first published 1996)
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Interesting questions and approach, but this was some of the worst scholarship I have seen. The authors base conclusions in the first few chapters on on rumors, conjecture and unquantified data and then compare it across time. The analysis in the last couple of chapters is little more than restatement. It was an influential book, but the suggestions they give were widely known. How corruption has become politically important is a great addition to the scholarship on Thai politics. I find the ass ...more
Now considered an essential publication for students, my second reading of this work reminded me it is a vital read , if for no other reason than making us realise how little some things have changed. Pasuk Phongpaichit (probably my favourite Thai author) gives detailed reports of various corruption sagas in Thailand but - far more importantly for students - helps us to understand the historical roots of corruption in Thai society and how Thais from different demographical groups have different ...more
Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor in the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.More about Pasuk Phongpaichit...