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dc.titleDecentralizing local governance in Thailand: Contemporary trends and challenges
dc.contributor.authorHaque, M.S.
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-06T10:18:11Z
dc.date.available2014-05-06T10:18:11Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationHaque, M.S. (2010). Decentralizing local governance in Thailand: Contemporary trends and challenges. International Journal of Public Administration 33 (12) : 673-688. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2010.514443
dc.identifier.issn01900692
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52218
dc.description.abstractIn line with the emerging market-driven neoliberal formation of the state, diminishing direct role of public governance, and increasing involvement of semi-state and non-state actors, there has been an unprecedented proliferation of reform initiatives to decentralize state power to local government organizations. While the proponents of decentralized local governance highlight its positive outcomes such as people's participation, need-based service delivery, public access and accountability, and political education, many critics draw attention to its adverse consequences like inter-regional disparity, unequal benefits to local elites, challenge to national unity, and local corruption and cronyism. However, the current discourse based on a universalist one-size-fits-all approach largely overlooks its contextual determinants such as the past legacy of centralization, configuration of local power structure, bureaucratic elitism, and so on. In exploring such concerns, this article focuses on the case of Thailand in order to examine how the country's past tradition of centralization, atmosphere of bureaucratic polity, and local political elitism may have significant implications for its massive decentralization initiatives and local government reforms undertaken since the early 1990s. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectChallenges
dc.subjectDecentralization
dc.subjectLocal government
dc.subjectReform
dc.subjectThailand
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentPOLITICAL SCIENCE
dc.description.doi10.1080/01900692.2010.514443
dc.description.sourcetitleInternational Journal of Public Administration
dc.description.volume33
dc.description.issue12
dc.description.page673-688
dc.identifier.isiut000444028100008
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