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Thailand's Economic Recovery

Cavan Hogue

Publication Year: 2006

Thailand is a society in political, economic and social transition. Change is happening to varying degrees -- at the national level and at the regional level where there are contrasting issues. Changes are positive, some are negative. This book looks at the various aspects of change as it impacts on business and the lives of the people.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

List of Contributors

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pp. vii-viii

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p. ix-ix

The Thailand Update 2004 was held at Macquarie University in Sydney with the strong support of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Di Yerbury, the Centre for International Communication and the Department of Anthropology. I would like to express our most grateful thanks for their ...

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pp. xi-xix

The theme of the Thailand Update 2004 was economics and business but it interpreted that theme very loosely and the papers were varied. We began with careful, scholarly examinations of the last year in economics and politics by Bhanupong Nidhiprabha and Michael Connors and then moved into a ...

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1. The Resilience of the Thai Economy

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pp. 1-25

The Asian currency crisis that followed Thailand’s decision to float the baht in July 1997 has become a chapter in the history of Thailand’s economic development. We have learned a great deal about what went wrong and what could have been done to prevent the crisis.1 Pundits warn that history might ...

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2. Thaksin’s Thailand: Thai Politics in 2003–04

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pp. 26-45

The stars are looking good for Thailand’s Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra — at least they were in late 2003. Amidst some dire predications of a difficult year ahead for the ruling coalition government, Thaksin upset fortune-teller circles by applying CEO criteria, suggesting that if they made wrong predictions ...

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3. Intercultural Realities: Working in Thailand

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pp. 46-53

In this chapter I would like to offer some practical examples from real life of what foreign business people encounter when they work in Thailand. Much is said about the challenges of doing business in Thailand. There are a lot of books on how to, and how not to do business across cultures, so what ...

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4. Doing Business in Thailand

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pp. 54-61

I will begin with an overview of Thailand focusing on the economy and then discuss exports and imports. Thailand is a country of approximately sixty-three million people and so provides a large market which offers very good opportunities for business. Thailand is also in the centre of ...

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5. Thailand–Australia Free Trade Agreement

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pp. 62-72

It falls to me to present perhaps the driest presentation of this conference, but also perhaps the most significant development in recent history of Thai– Australia relations. Let me offer some context and a personal view. I think there is some risk of the Association of ...

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6. Environmental Issues in Thailand: A Rural Perspective

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pp. 73-83

This chapter focuses on environmental issues in Thailand, particularly looking at how these environmental issues are experienced, talked about and thought about at a local level. My first objective is, then, to provide a local perspective on some national environmental issues. Second, I explore the ways in which ...

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7. Ethnicity and the Politics of Location in Thailand

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pp. 84-91

The thesis that I will propose is a simple one. I will argue you that you cannot understand or explain development in Thailand by simply looking at economic indicators and political activity but, rather, we need to look deeper into the changing nature of Thai society and how cultural politics are situationally ...

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8. Terrorism in Thailand: How Serious is It?

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pp. 92-106

The events of 11 September 2001, and the Bali bombing of 12 October 2002, have had a profound impact on the Southeast Asian region. In some areas governments have benefited. Eager to gain support for the war on terror, the United States has been more accommodating on such awkward issues as ...


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pp. 107-111

About the Editor

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p. 112-112

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306401
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812303523

Page Count: 111
Publication Year: 2006

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Thailand -- Economic conditions -- 1986-.
  • Thailand -- Politics and government -- 1988-.
  • Thailand -- Social conditions -- 1986-.
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