1st Edition

Labour, Politics and the State in Industrialising Thailand

By Andrew Brown Copyright 2004
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this book Brown argues that workers in East and Southeast Asia are significant actors in political change. Critically examining the themes of labour weakness, political exclusion and insignificance of 'class factors' he aims to bring workers back from the margins, demonstrating that both in the present and past the state has been entangled in processes that determine the forms of their struggles. This book presents new empirical data, important historical material and an innovative approach to workers and politics.

    1. Introduction 2. Monarchs, Workers and Struggles for a Voice 3. The 1932 Coup d' ├ętat, Political Volatility and Labour's Fluctuating Fortunes 4. Radicalism, Shifting Alliances and Managing Labour's Political Space 5. Capitalist Expansion, Regime Dynamics and the Rise of Enterprise Unionism 6. EOI, Battles for the State and the Disorganization of Organized Labour 7. Organizing Labour in the 1990s: Crisis and Continuing Struggles for a Political Voice 8. Conclusion


    Andrew Brown is a Research Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

    'Andrew Brown's study not only introduces a fresh and important contribution to Thais studies, but also advances important arguments about labour, politics and the state in industrialising Asia more generally.' - Journal of Contemporary Asia