Does Public Expenditure Management Work? A Qualitative Assessment Study on Tambon Administrative Organizations in Thailand

Does Public Expenditure Management Work? A Qualitative Assessment Study on Tambon Administrative Organizations in Thailand

  • Pichetwut Nillaor
  • Samihah Khalil

Abstract

Thai budgeting system has undergone continuous development since the early 1980s under a major administrative reform initiated by the central government.  One important aspect of restructuring took place in financial allocation process where the decision making in planning, implementing and executing of the annual budget must reflect the needs of citizens.  The Public Expenditure Management (PEM) program was embraced to accentuate the new shift of 25% allocation of budgeting from central to the provinces in the area of policy formulation, planning, allocation of resources, budgeting and implementation.  The local government institution, being physically close to local constituents, is anticipated to be more aware of local needs and play their chief role under these reforms. This paper investigates the implementation of PEM specifically examining the problems faced by the Tambon Administrative Organizations (TAOs) which is the largest unit of local government institution with reported more financial issues ranging from lack of transparency, accountability, politics and public dissatisfaction. This study utilized semi-structured interview with key-personnel persons of TAOs officers in nine provinces in Southern Provinces of Thailand. The study found out that most problems faced are human-based errors. Political agenda, topped in the list of problems has been played for personal and to some degree it caused disrespect for PEM elements and the power handling of the superior is difficult to be criticized. Politics also inherited in other decision making such as setting the priorities and disbursing allocation. Citizens involvement were insufficiently promoted and waste of public resources were still an issue.
Published
Dec 23, 2016
How to Cite
NILLAOR, Pichetwut; KHALIL, Samihah. Does Public Expenditure Management Work? A Qualitative Assessment Study on Tambon Administrative Organizations in Thailand. Journal submission manual - ASEAN Journal of Management & Innovation, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 101-115, dec. 2016. ISSN 2351-yyyz. Available at: <http://journal.stamford.edu/index.php/ajmi/article/view/633>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2017.