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Danny UngerDanny Unger

Comparative Politics (Theory, Thai Politics, Public Policy, Comparative Political Economy) and International Relations (Theory, International Political Economy, Japanese Foreign Policy, International Law and Organizations)

Zulauf Hall 105
(815) 753-7042

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Danny Unger (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He has taught courses in comparative politics (theory, Thai politics, public policy, comparative political economy) and international relations (theory, international political economy, Japanese foreign policy, international law and organizations.) During the 2005-2006 academic year he enjoyed a sabbatical in Thailand where he did research on political participation and taught at Thammasat University and the National Institute for Development Administration. Previous long-term research trips in Asia have taken him to Japan and Vietnam as well. His research focuses on issues of comparative political economy and civil society, as well as issues in international relations.

Selected Publications

Danny Unger and Patcharee Siroros, "Participation in Natural Resource Policy Making in Thailand: Sound and Fury?" Journal of Contemporary Asia, no. 2, 2011, forthcoming.

"Managing Performance in a Context of Political Clientelism: The Case of Thailand," Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, 18, 2009, 279-306.

"Sufficiency Economy and the Bourgeois Virtues," Asian Affairs: An American Review, 36:3, Fall 2009, 139-156.

"Thailand, the United States and Remembrance of Things Past (The Way We Were)", Thitinan Pongsudirak, ed. Refreshing Thai-U.S. Relations, 2009 (Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University) 145-158.

"Thai Politics Before and After Thaksin," Thank D. Nguyen, ed. The Thai Challenge: Unity, Stability and Democracy in Times of Uncertainty (Nova Science Publishers, 2008) 23-33.

"Sensei Seeks Students, Willing to Lend Tuition," Rein Raud, ed. Japan and Asian Modernities (New York: Kegan Paul, 2007), 261-280.

Danny Unger and Clark Neher, eds., Bureaucracy and National Security in Southeast Asia, Essays in Honor of M. Ladd Thomas (Department of Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 2006)

“The Heuristic Value of the Developmental State Model as Applied to Southeast Asia,” David Arase, ed., The Challenge of Change, East Asia in the New Millenium ( Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, 2003), 67-90.

“Ain’t Enough Blanket: International Humanitarian Assistance and Cambodian Political Resistance,” Stephen John Stedman and Fred Tanner, eds., Refugee Manipulation: War, Politics, and the Abuse of Human Suffering (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2003), 17-56.

“Principals of the Thai State,” Blanca Heredia and Ben Schneider, eds., Reinventing Leviathan (North-South Center Press, University of Miami, 2003), 181-207.

"Thailand's Investment Boom: What Goes Up..." ed., Leslie Elliott Armijo, Financial Globalization and Democracy in Emerging Markets (New York: Macmillan, 1999), 276-297.

Building Social Capital in Thailand : Fibers, Finance and Infrastructure (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Alasdair Bowie and Danny Unger, The Politics of Open Economies: Indonesia , Malaysia , the Phillipines and Thailand (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

"From Domino to Dominant: Thailand 's Security Policies in the Twenty-First Century," ed., Robert S. Ross, East Asia in Transition: Toward a New Regional Order (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; Armonk, New York: M.E.Sharpe, 1995), 234-66.

Andrew Bennett, Joseph Lepgold, Danny Unger, "Burden-Sharing in the Persian Gulf War," International Organization, 48:1, Winter 1994, 39-75.

Danny Unger and Paul Blackburn, eds., Japan’s Emerging Global Role (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 1993).

Richard Doner and Danny Unger, "The Politics of Finance in Thai Economic Development," eds. Stephan Haggard, Chung Lee, Sylvia Maxfield, The

Politics of Finance in Developing Countries (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993), 93-122.