A Siamese Tragedy : Development and Disintegration in Modern Thailand

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Thailand has come to be known as the Fifth Tiger. With the Asian economic collapse of 1997-1998, this book poses the central question: Is this merely a short term crisis or is there a real prospect of Thailand being pushed back into Third World status? The International Monetary Fund has intervened with an irrelevant, indeed damaging policy package that promises to determine the outcome.. "A Siamese Tragedy argues that, even before the collapse, the Thai economy had feet of clay. Walden Bello and his co-authors ...
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Overview

Thailand has come to be known as the Fifth Tiger. With the Asian economic collapse of 1997-1998, this book poses the central question: Is this merely a short term crisis or is there a real prospect of Thailand being pushed back into Third World status? The International Monetary Fund has intervened with an irrelevant, indeed damaging policy package that promises to determine the outcome.. "A Siamese Tragedy argues that, even before the collapse, the Thai economy had feet of clay. Walden Bello and his co-authors show how vested interests, local and international, propelled the Thai people down a particular path which is unsustainable in terms of human exploitation, social disruption, ecological damage and economic fragility. Thailand, like rest of the world, needs to rethink the fundamentals of its economic model.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780935028744
  • Publisher: Food First / Institute For Food & Development Policy
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Survey of an Economic Debacle 1
2 Back to the Third World 10
3 Thailand under the IMF 43
4 The Failure of Industrial Deepening 55
5 Labour and Capital 74
6 Bangkok: Vicissitudes of a Megalopolis 95
7 Pollution Haven 116
8 The Erosion of Agriculture 133
9 The Dynamics of Deforestation 175
10 Damming the Countryside 206
11 The AIDS Crisis 221
12 Conclusion: Revisioning the Future 243
Selected Readings 251
Index 257
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