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Building Social Capital in Thailand: Fibers, Finance and Infrastructure

Building Social Capital in Thailand: Fibers, Finance and Infrastructure

by Danny Unger


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This book examines the recent rapid economic expansion in Thailand, and in Southeast Asia more generally. In a highly original argument, Unger considers the unique organization of Thai society, and the impact this has had on the country's institutions, and their political and economic outcomes. Unger takes an interdisciplinary approach, building on the literatures of social capital and embedded autonomy. The book's general, comparative discussion of social infrastructure is supplemented by case studies of specific sectors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521630580
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Series: Cambridge Asia-Pacific Studies
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: 1. Striking bargains in Thailand; 2. Social capital and embedded agents; 3. Sociability and social capital: a tale of two Thailands; 4. Thailand's political economy; Part II: 5. Bargains between bankers and bureaucrats; 6. Controls and contestation: the Thai textile industry; 7. Incredible commitments and policy chaos; Part III: 8. Growing social capital.

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