Monday, October 11, 2010

Siamese Subsidiarity

"Reform will not be successful if there is no local democracy through community empowerment," said Bishop Michael Bunluen Mansap, former head of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, quoted by Vorapoj Singha — Thais averse to centralized state power.

"The easiest solution would be to distribute more power to rural communities and encourage them to manage their areas," said Prawase Wasi, a government-appointed National Reform Assembly head. Pasuk Phongpaichit, an economics lecturer, concurred, "Successful reform would involve the transfer of power from all ministries to local administrative bodies to empower people to make their own decisions."

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