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Peerasit Kamnuansilpa

Khon Kaen University Dean

Peerasit Kamnuansilpa is Dean, College of Local Administration Khon Kaen University.

Peerasit Kamnuansilpa
4 Aug 2021

Where did we go wrong in the battle against Covid?

In January, a mere seven months ago, I and two of faculty members at the College of Local Administration, Khon Kaen University, co-authored a paper titled, "Locally-Driven Action in Pandemic Control: A Case of Khon Kaen Province". This article presented the results of a study that examined the local action taken in Covid-19 control and prevention measures in Khon Kaen. At that time, Thailand was among the leading nations in the world in Covid control.

4 Aug 2021 7
Where did we go wrong in the battle against Covid?
25 Jun 2021

Participatory democracy: A way forward for Thais

A functional parliament is a strong foundation of a participatory democracy. Globally, the governing bodies of the socio-economically and politically advanced countries operate under some form of participatory democracy.

25 Jun 2021 18
Participatory democracy: A way forward for Thais
24 May 2021

Leading by serving, not ruling

About two weeks ago, through a Facebook group, more than half a million Thais expressed a desire to leave Thailand to settle down in countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand, among others.

24 May 2021 4
28 Apr 2021

Can Thailand ever move forward?

In 2013, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was formed, with members branding themselves as true patriots who maintained that the majority of those who were in the opposition came to power through vote-buying. They pushed for heavier legal punishments and removing the statute of limitations in cases involving corrupt politicians. They organised political rallies, obstructing many polling stations. The leaders were arrested and tried. The court saw this as a disruption of public services, which they saw as tantamount to terrorism and insurrection. On Feb 24, 2021 they were sentenced to imprisonment but released on bail.

28 Apr 2021 14
3 Feb 2021

Planting the seeds of development

Economic development in Thailand has not just been a responsibility of the central government, but its exclusive domain. Thus, the management inventiveness and fiscal autonomy of local governments for this function are often shackled by the rules, regulations and orders from the bureaucrats within the central government agencies or by those at the provincial level.

3 Feb 2021 4
Planting the seeds of development
20 Jan 2021

The path to poverty in Thailand

Thailand has had an interesting journey to its current ranking of sixth in the world, and first in Asia, in income inequality, as cited by the World Population Review. The country has historically been a patronage society, where the upper echelons of society are expected to look after those who are underprivileged.

20 Jan 2021 44
The path to poverty in Thailand
24 Dec 2020

PAO polls: An illusion of democracy?

Last Sunday, Thailand had a long-overdue election of the chairs and council members of all Provincial Administration Organisations (PAO). Are these elections really meaningful?

24 Dec 2020 27
PAO polls: An illusion of democracy?
15 Oct 2018

Quest for equity

Ranking systems are important in assisting Thai students to determine the most advantageous university - the one allowing students to reach their potential.

15 Oct 2018 16
Quest for equity
14 Nov 2015

Nurturing and learning from the elderly

The population of Thailand is rapidly ageing. In 1960, those aged 60 years and over represented about 5%...

14 Nov 2015 3
Nurturing and learning from the elderly
9 Jul 2015

PAOs require care

All attempts to abolish Provincial Administrative Organisations have failed because people across the political spectrum see their advantages.

9 Jul 2015 2