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The Institutional ImperativeThe Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia$
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Erik Kuhonta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770835

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770835.001.0001

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Growth Without Equity

Growth Without Equity

(p.152) Six Growth Without Equity
The Institutional Imperative
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This chapter, which examines the impact of the turmoil of the mid-1970s on social and institutional reforms in Thailand, suggests that the democratic period of the mid-1970s provided the first concrete opportunity for social reforms where there was active movement in the grass roots, which pushed for more equitable policies. It discusses the role of political parties in the reform process and the negative impact of weak institutions on the prospects for reform. The chapter also considers policies related to rural debt, dams, and health care during the term of Thaksin Shinawatra, which affected equitable development.

Keywords:   social reforms, institutional reforms, Thailand, equitable policies, political parties, weak institutions, Thaksin Shinawatra, equitable development

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