The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand is a timely survey and assessment of the state of contemporary Thailand. While Thailand has changed much in the past decades, this handbook proposes that many of its problems have remained intact or even persistent, particularly problems related to domestic politics. It underlines emerging issues at this critical juncture in the kingdom and focuses on the history, politics, economy, society, culture, religion and international relations of the country.
A multidisciplinary approach, with chapters written by experts on Thailand, this handbook is divided into the following sections.
- Political and economic landscape
- Social development
- International relations
Designed for academics, students, libraries, policymakers and general readers in the field of Asian studies, political science, economics and sociology, this invaluable reference work provides an up-to-date account of Thailand and initiates new discussion for future research activities.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE HISTORY; 1 Introduction: A Timeless Thailand, Pavin Chachavalpongpun; 2 Thailand in the Longue Durée, Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit; 3 Thai Historiography, Charnvit Kasetsiri; 4 Economic Development of Post-war Thailand, Peter Warr; PART TWO: THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE; 5 The Two Faces of Democracy, Michael K. Connors; 6 The Logic of Thailand’s Royalist Coups d’État, Federico Ferrara; 7 The Development of the Hybrid Regime: The Military and Authoritarian Persistence in Thai Politics, Surachart Bamrungsuk; 8 Securing an Alternative Army: The Evolution of the Royal Thai Police, Paul Chambers; 9 The Monarchy and Succession, Kevin Hewison; 10 Lèse-majesté within Thailand’s Regime of Intimidation, David Streckfuss; 11 From the Yellow Shirts to the Whistle Rebels: Comparative Analysis of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), Aim Sinpeng; 12 Mass Politics and the Red Shirts, Claudio Sopranzetti; 13 Judiciary and Judicialisation in Thailand, Björn Dressel and Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang; 14 Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations in Thailand, Grichawat Lowatcharin and Charles David Crumpton; 15 Thai State Formation and the Political Economy of the Middle Income Trap, Apichat Satitniramai; 16 Thailand’s Corporate Sector and International Trade, Krislert Samphantharak; 17 Industrialisation, Technological Upgrading, and Innovation, Patarapong Intarakumnerd; 18 Transport and the Thai State, Saksith Chalermpong; PART THREE: THE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT; 19 Thai Identity and Nationalism, Saichol Sattayanurak; 20 Money and Politics in Buddhist Sangha in Modern Thailand, Sara Michaels and Justin Thomas McDaniel; 21 Buddhism and Power, Edoardo Siani; 22 Secularisation, Secularism, and the Thai state, Tomas Larsson; 23 The Southern Conflict, Anders Engvall and Magnus Andersson; 24 Class, Race, and Uneven Development in Thailand, Jim Glassman; 25 The Politics, Economics and Cultural Borrowing of Thai Higher Education Reforms, Rattana Lao; 26 The State of Human Rights in the Aftermath of the 2014 Coup d’État, Titipol Phakdeewanich; 27 Sex and Gender Diversity, Douglas Sanders; 28 The Social Media, Wolfram Schaffar; 29 NGOs and Civil Society in Thailand, Kanokwan Manorom; 30 Environmental Politics in Thailand: Pasts, Presents, and Futures, Eli Elinoff and Vanessa Lamb; PART FOUR: THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; 31 Thailand’s Foreign Policy, Arne Kislenko; 32 Beyond Bamboo Diplomacy: The Factor of Status Anxiety and Thai Foreign Policy Behaviours, Peera Charoenvattananukul; 33 Thailand and the Great Powers, Matthew Phillips; 34 Thailand’s Foreign Policy Towards Neighbouring Countries and ASEAN, Pongphisoot Busbarat
Pavin Chachavalpongpun is Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He is the chief editor of the online journal Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia.