The Politics of Thai Local Government Reform in the period of the National Council for Peace and Order’s Administration
This article aims to study the role of all sectors and interest groups in Thai local government reform in the period of the National Council for Peace and Order’s administration by applying “the concept of interest groups” and “the concept of policy network” to be a theory framework. A basic point from the study found that local government becomes a conflict zone among related groups trying to come into power and to modify the local government’s structure and mechanism that will benefit themselves the most. Then, the political system was expected to perform as a mechanism to resolve conflicts among interest groups. The most powerful group will be able to manipulate and adapt the local government’s structure and mechanism to their own preferences. This study notes that even though there are objections and aspirations regarding Thai local government reform, the proposed reform is still in the form of the working group which was set up by the Government.
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