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