This paper offers a synopsis of the key findings of my PhD Thesis which explored the politics of development practice and theories of postdevelopment. Drawing on a series of case studies from northern Thailand, I argue that development is always political, whether it is being shaped by a politics of emancipation or the international geopolitical concerns of the day. Thus what is required in development practice is a much more aware engagement with the political dynamics at play.
McKinnon, K. 2005. Politics and professionalism in community development: examining intervention in the highlands of northern Thailand. Centre for Indigenous Governance and Development Working Paper Series, December.