The Performance of the Environmental Management of Local Governments in Thailand

Authors

น.ส.ณพวรรณ ปัญญา, ศ.ดร.จำลอง โพธิ์บุญ, ศ.ดร.วิสาขา ภู่จินดา, ผศ.ดร.รติพร ถึงฝั่ง

Published

kasetsart journal of social sciences

Abstract

This study evaluated the performance of the environmental management of local governments (EMLG) in Thailand and examined the relationship between specific management factors (context, input, and process) and output. Data were collected by using questionnaires with 385 local governments consisting of municipalities and sub-district administration organizations (SAOs) selected by multistage sampling and systematic random sampling countrywide. The findings revealed that the performance of the EMLG in Thailand was at a moderate level (
= 3.05, SD = 0.442). The performance of both municipalities (urban areas) and SAOs (rural areas) was at a moderate level. However, the mean score for the overall performance of municipalities (
= 3.18, SD = 0.391) was higher than that of the SAOs (
= 3.00, SD = 0.453). The structural equation model (SEM) analysis indicated a significant relationship (R2 = 0.88) between the context and the outputs (t-test = 7.59, p < .01) and between the inputs and the outputs (t-test = 2.07, p < .05). However, the SEM analysis indicated that there was no significant relationship between the process and the outputs (t-test = 0.40, p > .05). This study suggests four strategies for enhancing the performance of the EMLG: building sustainable culture; environmental learning organization (ELO); decreasing cost and increasing revenue; and precautionary environmental management.

(2017). The Performance of the Environmental Management of Local Governments in Thailand. kasetsart journal of social sciences, 2017(2017), 1-9.