The Political Economy of Telecommunicatons Reforms in Thailand

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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A study of the changing character of state-society relations in contemporary Thailand, using the telecommunications industry as a case study. It examines the privatization and gradual reforms of the 1980s and 1990s and the political dynamics behind these policies, as well as conflicts and co-operation among the various players and their interests. The book also covers bureaucratic and political corruption and their implications for Thailand's political democratization and economic liberalization. It argues not only that the bureaucracy is no longer the dominant power in Thai politics, but also that the country has moved towards a more pluralistic socio-political system in which a broadly-based liberalization coalition has emerged.

Author Biography

Sakkarin Niyomsilpa is First Secretary at the Mission of Thailand to the European Communities, Brussels.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviations and Glossaryp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Telecommunications and contending interpretations of the Thai political systemp. 21
The politics of regulatory reform: the first phasep. 48
The politics of regulatory reform: the second phasep. 89
Telecommunications and political corruptionp. 134
Telecommunications concessions: politics and politickingp. 168
Conclusionp. 205
Summary of the major drawbacks of the first draft contract with CPp. 215
Summary of the World Bank report on the telephone projectp. 218
Selected Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 233
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