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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-21
The Central-Local Relationship in Thailand: Analysis of
the Thai Local Administrative Organizations


Since the 1990’s, Thailand has established a more decentralized local administration system in accordance with the democratization process. The Central-Local relationship in Thailand went through a massive change, especially after introducing the direct election of Mayor/ President of Local Administration Organizations throughout the country. However, the decentralization process in Thailand is still characterized as “guided-decentralization” under supervision of the central government over local administration organizations. In fact, the autonomy and efficiency of the local administration organizations are still in question.
In this context, our research project focuses on the changing Central-Local relationship in Thailand and its realities, utilizing the survey data on the work of local administration organizations as well as some supplementary qualitative data. We then explore the questions of local autonomy, relations with local residents, relationship with the central authorities both from the quantitative analysis and qualitative data.


Members of the Research Project

NAGAI Fumio (Professor, Osaka City University)
KAGOYA Kazuhiro (Associate Professor, Kanto Gakuin University)