Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand

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:

  • History
  • 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.

Editor: 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.

Released date: November 6, 2019



Part I: 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 II: 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 III: 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 IV: 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


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