Decentralizing Decentralized Governance: Community Empowerment and Coproduction of Municipal Public Works in Northeast Thailand

Authors

ผศ. ดร.ธัชเฉลิม สุทธิพงษ์ประภา, รศ.ดร.อัชกรณ์ วงศ์ปรีดี

Published

Community Development Journal

Abstract

This study explores the effects of coproduction on community empowerment in two Thai municipalities. In recent years, local authorities in Thailand have adopted a variety of approaches to enhance democratic governance and public service quality. Two municipalities in Northeast Thailand have used coproduction in their public service delivery, particularly in road repair and maintenance. With this strategy, resources for public works and spending authority are devolved to each community in the two municipalities. Citizens can decide and prioritize public works spending in their own neighbourhoods. Focus group and in-depth interviews are used in this study. This study finds that citizens in the two jurisdictions have been transformed into active stakeholders in municipal government affairs. In the urban municipality in particular, coproduction activities have been co-managed by local political leaders, community leaders, citizens, and local bureaucrats.

(2559). Decentralizing Decentralized Governance: Community Empowerment and Coproduction of Municipal Public Works in Northeast Thailand. Community Development Journal, 51(2), 302-319.