Corruption and Democracy in Thailand
This book is the result of a major research study on corruption, set in its political context. It covers estimates of the amounts involved; the roles of politicians, business people, bureaucrats, and police; the political background and impact; popular attitudes on corruption; and potential counter-measures. The publication of the original research prompted a political storm. Both inside and outside of Thailand, this work is recognized as a landmark study.
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The police department was boosted so much so that it was called the 'Fourth
Army'.13 General Phao Sriyanon, the most notorious director of the police at this
time, created a squad of special aides known as aswin waen phet (knights of the
Some 45 percent of policemen called it 'bribery', 34 per cent 'improper behaviour',
and 27 per cent 'dishonesty'. Policemen appear to recognize that the action is
wrong but not serious. They rationalize that the giver 'willingly' offers the money.
However, around a fifth of the sample called such donations merely a gift of good
will, and another fifth stated that they were simply a cost of doing business. Those
who deny that such payments deserve to be called corruption rationalize this ...
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Gift Cheques and Gin Muang
How Much? From Sarit to Chatichai
Causes and Cures
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