Item description for Thaksin: The Business Of Politics In Thailand by Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker...
Thaksin made a fortune of two billion dollars in four years. He was elected prime minister of Thailand in 2001 by a landslide. He narrowly escaped convicition for corruption. He believes he can take Thailand into the first world in eight years by running the country like a company.
To some, he is Thailand's best premier ever and a new leader for Asia. To others he is a threat to democracy, human rights, public morality, and the rule of law.
This book is the first serious study of Thaksin in English. It examines where he comes from, how he made his money, what he is trying to do, and his impact on Thailands economy, society, and democracy.
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Studio: Silkworm Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 1" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher Silkworm Books
ISBN 9749575555 ISBN13 9789749575550
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More About Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker
Pasuk Phongpaichit is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Pasuk Phongpaichit has an academic affiliation as follows - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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The most unbiased book of Thaksin Mar 29, 2006
Pasuk is one of the most renowned economist in Thailand. Her books are mostly in English (in collarboratin with her husband, himself also a renowned thinker, Chris Baker). Now they take on a subject of Thaksin Shinawatra, arguably the most famous prime minister cum businessman in Thailand. Most of Thaksin's biographies in Thai are, I dare say, bias. They always portray him as a white knight, a self-made billionaire, and a man with a perfect happy family, intentionally overlooking his early failure as businessman and his well-connected background. While this book has admitted that it has not been written with 100% objectivity, it turns out to be the most objective book about the subject. It sheds the up and down of his business and political life, as well as the good and bad of his policy. One of the most revealing aspect in this book is the discussion of "Thaksinomics" and "dual track" policies, both of which make him a rising star in internatioal politics. Anyone who is interested in such subject should not miss this book at all. However, there are flaws in this book. Foremost is that most of the inputs come from newspaper, and writers add few inputs from their thoughts. Secondly, this book wrote about in 2004, and it would miss the most landslide victory in Thai history by his party. Also, it did miss his fall because of waves of corruption scandal. I hope that they would write a revised version, once everything is settled.