Duncan McCargo


Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. A leading specialist on the politics of Thailand, his books include the best-selling Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored), the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand, and most recently Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand.

Books by this author

Future Forward

The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party

  • First book to examine the most interesting new force to emerge in Thailand’s politics for two decades.
  • Based on exclusive interviews with party leaders and a wide range of Thai-language sources.
  • Explores the wider dynamics of political leadership, party formation and voter behavior in a society where popular participation has been largely suppressed since the 2014 military coup

Mapping National Anxieties

Thailand’s Southern Conflict

Based on first-hand research inside the conflict zone, award-winning researcher Duncan McCargo uncovers previously hidden dimensions of this important regional insurgency, including the role of both Buddhism and Islam, and examines the debates around reconciliation, citizenship and identity, and the prospects for some form of autonomy for the Thai South.

The Thaksinization of Thailand

This book examines Thaksin’s background, his business activities, the emergence of Thai Rak Thai, his relationship with the military, Thaksin’s use of rhetoric through media such as radio, his wider political economy networks, and the future direction of Thai politics. This detailed but gripping study draws on extensive research by two leading specialists in the field.

Reforming Thai Politics

With the sudden end of rapid economic growth, the urgency of political reform in Thailand became acute. The Thai parliament passed major changes to the electoral system in late 2000, weeks before the January 2001 election. Reflecting on the twists and turns of reform in Thailand over the years and with the first in-depth scholarly analysis of how successful were the recent electoral reforms, this volume is a ‘must have’ for everyone interested in Thai politics and its impact on the wider Asian political scene.

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