Chris Baker (writer)

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Christopher John Baker (born 3 January 1948) is a Thailand-based British writer who has made his home in Bangkok for more than 20 years.[1] He is the co-author of A History of Thailand, Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand, Thailand's Boom and Bust, and Thailand's Crisis, all written with his wife, Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit.[2] He was the principal writer of the United Nations Development Programme's Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development, which praised King Bhumibol Adulyadej's self-sufficient economy theory.

In 2010, Chris Baker and his wife Pasuk Phongpaichit published a compilation and translation of the Thai epic poem Khun Chang Khun Phaen. The epic was published in a two volume set, which arranged the story in a narrative form suitable for modern English readers. Copious footnotes and creative illustrations are also included.[3] They have also published a version of their compilation in Thai.

Baker was the recipient of the 2017 Fukuoka Prize together with his spouse and collaborator, Pasuk Phongpaichit.[4] The prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts, and culture in Asia.[5]


  • Baker, Chris (2016). "The 2014 Thai Coup and Some Roots of Authoritarianism". Journal of Contemporary Asia. 46 (3): 388–404. Retrieved 20 February 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 


  1. ^ Chris Baker, Pasuk Phongpaichit. A History of Thailand. Cambridge University Press. Back cover. ISBN 0-521-81615-7. 
  2. ^ Simon Long, "The Best Books," The Economist, May 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Baker, Chris; Phongpaichit, Pasuk (2015). The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen (Abridged ed.). Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books. ISBN 9786162150845. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Grand Prize 2017 [28th] Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker". Fukuoka Prize. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Background of the Fukuoka Prize". Fukuoka Prize. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 

External links

  • The Nation, Sufficiency approach vital in globalised times, 11 January 2007
  • Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development

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