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Neoliberalism and Thailand's Class Struggle

Neoliberalism and Thailand's Class Struggle

(Author’s Note: The following is a selected passage from a chapter that will hopefully appear in a compendium on neoliberal globalization in the Fall/Winter 2011). In many ways, the implementation and subsequent repudiation of neoliberal policies in Thailand is emblematic of the bitter divide along class lines that has afflicted the country for years and […]

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Election Update: Thailand

Election Update: Thailand

As the date for general elections in Thailand draws ever closer, the complexity of the situation has commonly been acknowledged by Southeast Asian commentators, especially with respect to the unknown status of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.  This reality was only augmented following recent statements and actions by some of the parties involved this past […]

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The Poverty of Microfinance

The Poverty of Microfinance

In a recent piece which appeared on this website, fellow Southeast Asian blogger Rohan Poojara remarked on the potential which microloans could have on the economy of Indonesia, a country suffering from staggering levels of unemployment amongst its youth and which typically has difficulty in obtaining the necessary capital in order to build and expand […]

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Burma's Democracy Movement Stuck on the Sidelines

Burma's Democracy Movement Stuck on the Sidelines

As the world bears witness to the litany of dictators and autocratic governments toppling or trying desperately to avoid doing so during the first half of 2011, the hot topic on the minds of students, scholars, and policymakers has often been which regime will be the next to go? After Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and […]

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Justice vs. Stability

Justice vs. Stability

It is a debate that invariably rears its head in parts of the world which have been scarred by the horrors of war, ethnic conflict, or genocide. Every government which assumes control of a country that suffers from the unfortunate reality of such a dark and tragic past must eventually confront how best to direct […]

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With Elections Looming, Thailand Holds its Breath

With Elections Looming, Thailand Holds its Breath

It has been a little more than one year since the street protests which rocked Bangkok and resulted in at least 50 deaths took place in the heart of the Thai capital. After stalling for months since the unrest when he had announced a reconciliatory roadmap for the main political parties with elections to follow […]

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About the Author

Tim LaRocco
Tim LaRocco

Tim LaRocco is an adjunct professor of political science at St. Joseph's College in New York. He was previously a Southeast Asia based journalist and his articles have appeared in a variety of political affairs publications. He is also the author of "Hegemony 101: Great Power Behavior in the Regional Domain" (Lambert, 2013). Tim splits his time between Long Island, New York and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Twitter: @TheRealMrTim.

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