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, the press has played a leading role in making these scandals into public
causes. In India, a single TV journalist brought the huge lobbying scandal to
public attention, after official investigators had twice brushed it under the carpet.
Since the 1960s, the rapid pace of industrialization and urban growth has created
new centres of economic power which are pressing for a role in the political
process. For the purposes of this study, they constitute two groups: modern ...
Second, their role in local and especially national politics has become massive
and obvious. Several jao pho have secured election to parliament. Some have
risen to ministerial positions and one was nominated for the premiership. Others
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