Thai Decentralization Policy Pathway Through The Len Of Elite Theory

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Dr.Nantouchaporn Panarat


The decentralization policy plays the major role in most of the states. This study aims to apply the elite theory to critically analyze the characteristics of decentralization policy in Thailand from 1897 to present. There are seven pinpoints along Thai decentralization policy pathway. Even though, the policy status was at the growth stage in the earlier phase. It reversed to downturn and stagnated at the final phase. The finding is that the successful of decentralization policy in Thailand is heavily relied on the level of responsiveness toward the elite’s interest. However, the incrementalism is not the prerequisite. Additionally, the consensus between the mass and elites does not always smooth. The negotiation and compromise process are required if it is needed.

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