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Spatial Planning in Developing Countries

Decentralized Rural Regional Development Planning in Thailand (1995- 1996)

In many countries of the world there are political movements to decentralise policy making and administration. Effective decentralisation requires that also financial resources and decision making are decentralised. In the project therefore the distribution of responsibilities and decision powers between the different levels of government in Thailand were studied in order to assess the financial autonomy of local governments. The results of the analysis were empirically validated for a selected province as a case study and used for recommendations for further development of decentralisation. The study was part of the cooperation between the research programme of the advanced study course of the Department of Spatial Planning for planners from Africa and Asia (SPRING) and the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (David P. Villeneuve).

Contact: Günter Kroës

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