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Thailand's crisis /
Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker.
imprint
Chiang Mai, Thailand : Silkworm Books, c2000.
description
viii, 275 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9747551381, 9747551389
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imprint
Chiang Mai, Thailand : Silkworm Books, c2000.
isbn
9747551381
9747551389
general note
Includes Glossary.
Includes index.
catalogue key
4709982
 
Bibliography: p. 257-266.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Pasuk Phongpaichit is Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
Phongpaichit (Chulalongkorn Univ., Thailand) and Baker continue their productive partnership in writing timely and readable analyses of Thailand's roller-coaster ride over the last decade and a half. While providing some background, Thailand's Crisis focuses largely on events and political and social trends since the mid-1997 float of the baht. The authors' presentation of economic issues is transparent and thorough, although their true interest is clearly the political and social ramifications of the crisis. This bent is reflected in the detail presented on issues such as the evolution of Thai politics, the growth of civil society organizations, and the intellectual shift toward community and self-sufficiency. The authors are rightly critical of the role played by international institutions, but the book would benefit from more discussion of realistic short-run alternatives. Paired with the authors' earlier works (Thailand's Boom and Bust, 1998, or the more academic Thailand, Economy and Politics, CH, May'97), this volume provides an excellent introduction to recent Thai economic, political, and social history, making it an important addition to any undergraduate collection. Recommended for public, academic, and professional libraries. C. Kilby Vassar College
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Summaries
Main Description
This book is not so much about getting into an economic crisis as getting through one. It reviews what the IMF did, who got hurt, what worked, and what failed in the economic and social management of the crisis. It shows how political change got bound up with economic crisis, resulting in a new constitution, a seismic shift in the political landscape, and greater assertiveness by civil society. It examines how the economic turmoil changed the ways people reacted to political scandal, viewed their own society, and imagined the future. This is a lucid and highly readable account of how Thailand reacted as a society and culture to its worst economic disaster. The final chapters review the changes and lessons from 1997 to 2000 and speculate on how these changes will frame the future.
Unpaid Annotation
This book is not so much about getting into an economic crisis as getting through one. It reviews what the IMF did, who got hurt, what worked, and what failed in the management of the economic crisis of the mid- 1990s. It shows how political change got bound up with economic crisis, resulting in a new constitution, a seismic shift in the political landscape, and greater assertiveness by civil society. It examines how the economic turmoil changed the ways people reacted to political scandal, viewed their own society, and imagined the future. This is a lucid and highly readable account of how Thailand reacted as a society and culture to its worst economic disaster. The final chapters review the changes and lessons from 1997 to 2000 and speculate on how these changes will frame the future.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vi
Many Crisesp. 1
The Political Economy of the Thai Crisisp. 14
Dear Mr Camdessus: Thailand and the IMFp. 35
Social Impact, Social Safety Net, Social Bailoutp. 69
Reform, Governance, Scandalp. 107
Old Politics, New Politicsp. 134
Selling the Nation, Saving the Elephantp. 160
Walking Backwards into a Khlong. Thinking Social Alternativesp. 193
Beyond Crisis: Changes, Fears, Futuresp. 217
Lessonsp. 245
Abbreviationsp. 253
Glossaryp. 255
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 267
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