Independence matters: A case study of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission


ผศ.ดร.ติญทรรศน์ ประทีปพรณรงค์


The proceedings of the 2nd international conference of the NIDA law for development


The objectives of this research were: 1) to analyze de facto independence of the anti-corruption and malfeasance mechanism under the regulatory oversight of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC); and 2) to propose the way in which de facto independence of such mechanism could be enhanced. This research adopted a qualitative approach and used in-depth interviews for data collection. As the examination of the anti-corruption and malfeasance mechanism requires penetrating insights from the stakeholders having direct experience of the mechanism, a purposive sampling technique was therefore adopted to recruit samples (participants) of this research; as a result, 41 participants were recruited, these include PACC personnel, complainants, members of the National Legislative Assembly, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) personnel, police officers, representatives from the private sector, representatives from civil society and academics. The empirical findings of this research indicated that: 1) most research participants took the view that the Office of the PACC should become independent structurally in order to ensure de facto independence of its anti-corruption and malfeasance mechanism; and 2) this research proposes amendments to the Executive Measures in Anti-Corruption Act with the aim of introducing structural reforms to the PACC in order that the Office of the PACC could be free from government control.* B.A. (Chinese), LL.B., Thai Barrister-at-Law, LL.M. (with Merit), Ph.D. (Law) University of Birmingham, UK. Assistant Professor Graduate School of Public Administration., National Institute of Development Administration.

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