Pasuk Phongpaichit

Born:             11 February 1946, Thailand.
Citizenship:     Thai
Phone:            (662)-218-6276


1969 B.A. Economics (Hons), Monash University, Australia
1971 M.A. Economics, Monash University, Australia
1979 Ph.D Economics, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Work Experience

1970-71    Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Economics, Monash University

1971-73    Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University

1978-79    Part-time Teaching Fellow, University of Cambridge.

1979-80    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Director of Economic Research Unit.

1980-84    Expert, Development Economist, Asian Regional Team for Employment Promotion, International Labour Office (ILO/ARTEP) Bangkok.

1985-        Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University.

1988-89   Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.

1990-3     Director, Political Economy Centre, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University.

1999-        Professor, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University.

2001         Visiting Professor, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington.

2003          Jackson Memorial Fellow, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

2004-5       Research Fellow, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto

2005           Walker Ames Visiting Professor, Graduate School, University of Washington, Seattle

2006-7       Visiting Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo


Prizes and awards

1997    Senior Research Scholar award from Thailand Research Fund.

1997    Best Book of the Year Award from the National Research Council of Thailand (Thailand: Economy and Politics, Thai version, co-authored with Chris Baker).

1998    Distinguished National Researcher Award from the National Research Council of Thailand.

1999    W. F. Wertheim memorial lecture to coincide with the 7th International Conference of Thai Studies, Amsterdam.

2000    Thailand Research Fund award for most citations in international publications.

2001    Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University.

2002    Senior Research Scholar award from Thailand Research Fund.


Present Fields of Research Studies

1. Development strategies and political economy of Thailand and Southeast Asia.

2. Social movements in Thailand in the 1990s.

3. Corruption and the illegal economy.

4. Structure and dynamics of capital in post-crisis Thailand


Consultancy and Advisory Work

Member of the Employment Committee, responsible for the drafting of the employment component for the Sixth Plan of Thailand (1982-86).

Member of the Committee on Self-Employment, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand (1985-86).

Co-ordinator of a UNDP-funded project for the drafting of the employment component in Thailand's Sixth Plan.

Co-ordinator of a study on child labour in Thailand, a research study, prepared for the NESDB, 1985, funded by UNDP.

Consultant to the World Bank in the drafting of the employment chapter in the Country Report for Thailand, June 1986.

Advisor to the Open University Programme for Workers, a project of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Bangkok, 1990.

Advisor to the project on Women in Industry: NGOs roles in solving labour problems, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, 1992.

Academic member of the Board of the Institute of Labour Studies, ILO, Geneva, 1993-5.

Member of the Steering Committee Overseeing the Research Project on Policy Options on Transnational Workers in Thailand, by the Institute for Population and Social Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1996.

Member of the Committee for Ensuring People's Participation in Big Dam Projects, appointed by the Prime Minister of Thailand, 1997-2000.

Member of the Working Committee on Good Governance, chaired by ex-Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun, 1998.

Member of of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Project Latin America and the Pacific Rim, University of California at San Diego, 1998-2000

Member of Committee Appointed by the Prime Minister to Review Four Contested Dam Projects, 1997–2002.

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Regional Centre for Social and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, 1998-

Member of the Research Subcommittee of the National Counter Corruption Commission, 1999–2003

Member of Committee Appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to Review Environmental Impact of Water Management Projects, 2003–

Member of the Research Committee of the Parliament, 2003–


Publications (English only)

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, eds, Thai Capitalism after the 1997 Crisis, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2008.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, “Thaksin’s populism”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 38, 1, 2008.

Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, A History of Thailand, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, ‘"Business Populism" in Thailand’, Journal of Democracy, 16, 2, April 2005.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, “Pluto-Populism in Thailand: Business Remaking Politics”, in John Sidel and Eva-Lotta Hedman (eds), Populism and Reformism in Asia, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

“Developing Social Alternatives: Walking Backwards into a Khlong”, in Thailand Beyond the Crisis, ed. Peter Warr, Routledge, 2005.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, “Aftermath: Structural Change and Policy Innovation after the Thai Crisis”, in Jomo K.S. (ed), After The Storm: Crises, Recovery And Sustaining Development In East Asia, Singapore: Singapore University Press, 2004.

“State Decisions and Community Rights”, in Village Communities, States and Traders, ed. Akira Nozaki and Chris Baker, Bangkok: Sangsan, 2003.

 “Recent Popular Movements in Thailand in Global Perspective”, Asian Review, 15, 2002.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, Thailand: Economy and Politics,  Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Reprint 1997, 1999. Also in Thai. Currently being translated to Japanese. Revised edition, 2002.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, "Crisis consequences: lessons from Thailand", in What Is To Be Done? Global economic disorder and policies for a new international financial architecture, ed. Geoffrey R. D. Underhill and Xiaoke Zhang, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

"Developing social alternatives: walking backwards into a khlong", in Thailand Beyond Crisis, ed. Peter Warr, Routledge, 2001.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, "Beyond Thailand’s crisis: impact and implications", in Beyond the Asian Crisis: Pathways to Sustainable Growth, ed. Anis Chowdury and Inayatul Islam, Edward Elgar, 2001.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, "Thailand’s crisis: neo-liberal agenda and local reaction" in Financial Liberalisation and the Asian Crisis, ed. Ha-Joon Chang, Gabriel Palma and Hugh Whittaker, Macmillan 2000.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, Thailand’s Crisis, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2000.

Civilising the State: State, Civil Society and Politics in Thailand, Amsterdam, W.F. Wertheim memorial lecture, Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam, 1999.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, "The Political Economy of the Thai Crisis", Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 4:1, February 1999.

Pasuk Phongpaichit, Sungsidh Piriyarangsan, and Nualnoi Treerat, Guns, Girls, Gambling, Ganja: Thailand’s Illegal Economy and Public Policy, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books,  and Washington University Press, 1998.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, Thailand’s Boom and Bust, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 1998.

"Trafficking in people in Thailand", in Transnational Organized Crime, 3:4, 1997.

"The Thai Economy in the Mid 1990s", Southeast Asian Affairs 1996, Singapore: ISEAS.

Pasuk Phongpaichit, Nualnoi Treerat, Sungsidh Piriyarangsan, Challenging Social Exclusion: Rights and Livelihood in Thailand, Geneva: International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO, 1996.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Sungsidh Piriyarangsan, Corruption and Democracy in Thailand,  Bangkok: Political Economy Centre, Chulalongkorn University, 1994; second edition by Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, Thailand 1996.

"Social Consequences of Economic Restructuring in Thailand", in United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Social Cost of Economic Restructuring in Asia and the Pacific, Development Papers No. 15, Bangkok, 1994.

"The Thai Middle Class and the Military: Social Perspectives in the Aftermath of May 1992", in The May 1992 Crisis in Thailand: Background and Aftermath, edited by Peter A Jackson, Canberra: National Thai Studies Centre, Australian National University, June 1993.

Pasuk Phongpaichit and Shigeru Itoga eds. The Informal Sector in Thai Economic Development, Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies, 1992 (Also available in Japanese, 1993).

"Technocrats, Businessmen and Generals: Democracy and Economic Decision Making in Thailand", in Andrew J. MacIntyre and Kanishka Jayasuriya (eds), The Dynamics of Economic-Policy Reform in Southeast-Asia and the South-west Pacific, Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Capital Accumulation in Thailand", Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 22:2, September, 1991.

"Nu. Nit, Noi and Thailand's Informal Sector in Rapid Growth", in Human Resources Development Strategy in Thailand: Past, Present and Future, ed. Chira Hongladarom and Shiteru Itoga, Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies, 1991.

The New Wave of Japanese Investment in ASEAN, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1990. The book received an award from Mainichi Shimbun, Japan. (Also available in Japanese, 1991).

"The Economic Development Culture and the Environment", in Culture and Environment in Thailand, Bangkok: The Siam Society, 1989.

"Thailand: Miss Universe 1988", in Southeast Asian Affairs 1989, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

"Decision-Making on Overseas Investment by Japanese Small and Medium Industries in ASEAN and the Asian NICs", ASEAN Economic Bulletin, 4:3, March 1988.

"Two Roads to the Factory: Industrialisation Strategies and Women's Employment in Southeast Asia", in Structures of Patriarchy: State, Community and Household in Modernising Asia, ed. Bina Agarwal, 1988.

Social Indicators for Thailand: The 1980s, Prepared for the NESDB, Government of Thailand, 1987.

"Southeast Asian Women in Industry", in Women, Work and Society, ed. K. Saradamoni, Calcutta: Indian Statistical Institute, 1985.

Employment Issues in Thailand's Sixth Plan, Bangkok: ILO-ARTEP, 1984.

Employment, Income and the Mobilisation of Local Resources in Three Thai Villages, Bangkok: ILO-ARTEP, 1982.

From Peasant Girls to Bangkok Masseuses, Geneva: ILO, 1982. (Also available in Japanese, 1991). Fourth impression, 1988.

"Bangkok Masseuses: Holding Up the Family Sky", in Southeast Asia Chronicle, 78, April 1981.

"An Open Economy and Its Friends: Development of Thailand", Pacific Affairs, 53:3, Fall 1980.

"Accounting for Development," Cambridge Journal of Economics, 4, 1980.