Obstacles to the Provision of Public Services in Local Government of Chiang Khong District in Thailand: Area and Authority Overlap

  • Nuttakorn Vititanon School of Law, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Mai
Keywords: Local government in Thailand, fragmented centralism, decentralization

Abstract

This study aimed to find out what were the obstacles in providing public service by authorized government agencies in the border district which is Chiang Khong district in Chiang Rai province. It was based on qualitative data, especially from government documents and in-depth interviews. This article demonstrates that local governments in Thailand have very limited authority. On the other hand, central government has held enormous power in various roles. This circumstance reflects the structural problem of the country which is fragmented centralism. Overlapping both in operating areas and in their authorities has led to many conflicts between central and local government agencies. Certainly, when the conflicts rise, the central government always exercises its authorities and powers over local administrative organizations. The Bug Pier and National Highway 1020 cases in Chiang Khong District perfectly show and support the finding.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Chardchawan, S. ( 2 0 1 2 ) . Decentralization Reforms and Local Government Management. Bangkok, Thailand: Penthai. (in Thai) Charoenmuang, T. (2008). Theories and Concepts: Local Government and Local Governance (Volume 1). Bangkok, Thailand: Kobfai Publishing Project. (in Thai) Laothamatas, A. (2014). Situation of Local Government (เห ตุอ ยู่ที่ท้อ งถิ่น ). (2nd ed.). Pathum Thani, Thailand: Rangsit University. (in Thai)

Manager (2016, June 28). "Shameful" after Bill Gates posted the picture of Thailand utility poles. Manager Online. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/WohxTg (in Thai)

Mektrairat, N. et al. ( 2003). The Direction of Thai and Foreign Local Administrations in Comparative Perspectives. Bangkok, Thailand: Winyuchon Publication House. (in Thai)

Pomahac, R. (2 0 1 3 ) . Local government in the Czech Republic: History, current position, prospective evolution. In Panara, C. and Varney, M. (eds.). Local Government in Europe: The ‘Fourth Level’ in the EU Multi-Layered System of Governance. Oxford, UK: Routledge Research in EU Law, pp.52-72.

Sakyotintada, K. (2011). Traffic Laws Enforcement Problems of the Same Offense (Unpublished Independent study). Bangkok, Thailand: Ramkhamhaeng University. (in Thai)

Tejapira, K. (2015, 18 April). Bureaucratic Polity Trap. Matichon Online. Retrieved from http://m.matichon.co.th/readnews.php?newsid=1429329643 (in Thai)

Thairath (2017, August 31). "Thailand infamy" Japan media was stunned by Thailand's tangled electrical wires. Thairath Online. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/zQWmTz (in Thai)

Vititanon, N. (2013). Preparation of Government Sectors and Local Administrations in Providing Public Services for Border Tourism: A Case Study of Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai Province (Research Report). Chiang Mai, Thailand: Thai Universities for Healthy Public Policies (TUHPP), Chiang Mai University. (in Thai)
Published
2018-04-01
How to Cite
Vititanon, N. (2018). Obstacles to the Provision of Public Services in Local Government of Chiang Khong District in Thailand: Area and Authority Overlap. Social Science Asia, 4(2), 1-14. Retrieved from https://socialscienceasia.nrct.go.th/index.php/SSAsia/article/view/138
Section
Research Article