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Unequal Thailand

Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power

Extreme inequalities in income,wealth and power lie behind Thailand’s political turmoil. What are the sources of this inequality?  Why does it persist, or even increase when the economy grows? How can it be addressed?

         The contributors to this important study—Thai scholars, reformers and civil servants—shed light on the many dimensions of inequality in Thailand, looking beyond simple income measures to consider land ownership, education, finance, business structures and politics. The contributors propose a series of reforms in taxation, spending and institutional reform that can address growing inequality.

        Inequality is among the biggest threats to social stability in Southeast Asia, and this close study of a key Southeast Asian country will be relevant to regional policy-makers, economists and business decision-makers, as well as students of oligarchy and inequality more generally.  

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Economics and Business: Economics--Development, Growth, Planning, Economics--History

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

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“Presents novel and thought-provoking insights and, as such, should be read by all.”

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
1. Introduction: Inequality and Oligarchy
Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker
2. Concentration of Land and Other Wealth in Thailand
Duangmanee Laovakul
3. Inequality in Education and Wages
Dilaka Lathapipat
4. Inequality, the Capital Market and Political Stocks
Sarinee Achvanuntakul, Nathasit Rakkiattiwong and Wanicha Direkudomsak
5. Elite Networkig through Special Executive Courses
Nualnoi Treerat and Parkpume Vanichaka
6. Network Bureaucracy and Public-Private Firms in Thailand’s Energy Sector
Nopanun Wannathepsakul
7. Inequalities of Local Power and Profit: The Changing Structure of Provincial Power
Chaiyon Praditsil and Chainarong Khrueanuan
8. Network Thaksin: Structure, Roles and Reaction
Ukrist Pathmanand
9. Tax Reform for a More Equal Society
Oan Ananapibut

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