Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 1/2010

Women and Politics in Thailand grants the reader a multifaceted insight into the subject. The status quo of women’s involvement in political decision-making and political activities is documented in detail along with the cultural and institutional obstacles to gender equality.

Women and Politics in Thailand grants the reader a multifaceted insight into the subject. The status quo of women’s involvement in political decision-making and political activities is documented in detail along with the cultural and institutional obstacles to gender equality. The contributions differ considerably, ranging as they do from research articles and policy papers to biographical accounts, but are empirically well-founded. More evidence to back assumptions up would be desirable in some instances, especially when women are implicitly depicted as being the “better politicians” whose political styles and desire to serve the common good yield better results than the work of their male counterparts. There is a danger of producing new stereotypes here. Nevertheless, Kazuki Iwanaga and his colleagues have identified an important aspect of Thai political development that had previously received little scholarly attention. Their own volume helps to fill this gap. It will certainly stimulate further research in this area.

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