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