—This research study aims at studying the politics in the process of establishing a local development plan of the Lan Tak Fah Subdistrict Administrative Organization, Nakornchaisri, Nakornpathom, Thailand by qualitative methodology, including documentary and field research. One of the findings is although Thailand’s local administration is established under the principle of decentralization, where local peoples’ needs will be most directly addressed, the process of establishing the development plan of the Lan Tak Fah Subdistrict Administrative Organization, from strategy selection to implementation, is in fact based on the government’s strategies and guidelines. Moreover, other factors, including publicities, community meetings, especially in making decisions to select projects, and budget allocation, are significant causes of the local development planning process to become a tool for the Subdistrict Administrative Organization to make peoples only the “margin of development.” In the end, there is a tendency that peoples will continuously less participate in the process of local development planning.
—Decentralization, Lan Tak Fah subdistrict administrative organization, local development plan, policy network, political participation.
Kittisak Jermsittiparsert is with the Faculty of Political Science, College of Government, Rangsit University, Pathumthani, Thailand (e-mail: email@example.com).
Annop Atsadamongkhon is with the Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanaporn Sriyakul is with the Faculty of Business Administration, Mahanakorn University of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Kittisak Jermsittiparsert, Annop Atsadamongkhon, and Thanaporn Sriyakul, "Politics in the Process of Establishing Local Development Plan: Case Study of the Lan Tak Fah Subdistrict Administrative Organization, Nakornchaisri, Nakornpathom, Thailand," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 11, pp. 869-879, 2016.