This thesis focuses on the making of Thailand's external commercial policies, with
particular reference to policies towards the European Union (EU). As an emerging
country in the global political economy, it is to be expected that Thailand's external
relations have a strong emphasis on commercial policies. However, the current
literature on Thailand's external relations places a strong emphasis on foreign policy
goals and the promotion of Thai national interests through diplomacy, even where the
key goals pursued are those of economic advantage. This thesis is designed to take a
broader view of Thailand's external commercial policy-making, and to consider a wide
range of potential contributors to the policy process.
The thesis thus explores the workings of the Thai state (both the political dimension of
government and the bureaucracy of the Civil Service), but also goes on to examine the
roles of private companies and of Private Consultative Committees in the commercial
policy-making process. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.