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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First is the case of Kamnan Bo, perhaps the nation's single most famous jao pho (
a description he himself denies), who began his career as a fisherman in the
eastern coastal port of Chonburi, who became a major force in business and
Pasuk Phongpaichit, Sangsit Phiriyarangsan. Petchburi town acquired a thriving
underworld famous for gambling and underground lotteries. Petchburi has three
major groups of jao pho.34 The oldest group belongs to a wealthy retired lawyer.
This export boom opened up major new opportunities in crop trading, financing
and processing. Many of the jao pho had interests in this area. One started out as
a crop trader and developed major interests in rice and cassava. Another was a ...
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