ISBN: 9788791114359

Women and Politics in Thailand: Continuity and Change


Edited by Kazuki Iwanaga

2008, 299 (xv + 284) pp.
3 figures, 38 tables
Paperback, 15 x 23 cm

This edited volume, including contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field, addresses the challenges, obstacles and opportunities for increased women’s political representation in Thailand.

Will Thai politics be different with an increase in the number of women politicians? What are the possibilities for Thai women to take proactive initiatives that aim to transform Thai politics into being more gender aware and equal? In seeking to address these and related issues, the analysis brings together a complex interplay of factors, such as traditional Thai views of gender and politics; the national and local political context of the new Thai constitution of 1997; and recent experiences of selected women politicians in the legislative and executive branches of Thai government.

What others are saying

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. … 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” — Lydia Seibel, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs


  • First study in English to analyse in detail the position of women in Thai politics
  • Draws together into one volume previously fragmented research in this field

About the editor

Kazuki Iwanaga is a senior lecturer in political science at Halmstad University in Sweden. He was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok, in 2002. His research interests include the impact of women on public policy and women's political participation in Asia.

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