Guns, Girls, Gambling, Ganja: Thailand's Illegal Economy and Public Policy (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 1998
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The authors conclude that police reforms are needed to develop a modern economy and a functioning democracy. Because the illegal practices described involve important and influential people, some police, other officials and VIPs objected to and denied the controversial draft findings. The authors found themselves threatened, criticized and investigated in attempts to intimidate and silence them.
Numerous tables present the data collection results. The notes and bibliography are comprehensive, the glossary and index valuable.
Highly recommended for those interested in Thailand and Southeast Asia, business and economics, international relations, public administration and criminology.
Based on my time traveling in Thailand and based on the many stories of corruption told by expatriate managers, I became fascinated with the Thai socio-economic, political and legal system. As a result, I picked up this book in a local bookstore in Bangkok.
I do not know the literature on Thailand well, but I was delighted with the breadth and depth of understanding that this book provided concerning the informal economy in Thailand. The book also describes the links between economic activity in Thailand and other nations in the South East Asian region.
The authors are Thai, but educated at Ivy league schools in the US, so they offer a local perspective underpinned by sound empirical research and analysis.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Thai economy, or about the basic cultural-cognitive belief and value systems that cradle and reinforce the innerworkings of this economy.
The policy implications suggested at the end of the book are not naive, but well considered. Although they may not be directly applicable in neigbouring countries (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar), they should shed light on the types of interventions that will be necessary in order to increase transparency and reform illegal activities in the Asian pacific region.
What can be learned from this book? How important it is to stay away from these things and how equally important it is that if the reader has a history of being involved in either ends of these things that he/she continues to stay away from it. It also serves as a warning to those who may be participating in these things that they are in fact illegal, but in Thailand (and in the U.S.) there's always corruption in some of the police and those who are entrusted to enforce the laws.
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