Challenge and Change in East Asia: “Business Populism” in Thailand

Issue Date April 2005
Volume 16
Issue 2
Page Numbers 58-72
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Recently reelected premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his “Thais Love Thais” party offer a fusion of populist rhetoric with policies that serve the interests of the Thai business class.

About the Authors

Pasuk Phongpaichit

Pasuk Phongpaichit is professor of economics at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. 

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Chris Baker

Chris Baker is an independent writer. With Pasuk Phongpaichit, they have written Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand (2004), Thailand: Economy and Politics, 2nd ed. (2002), and other works.

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