Decentralized Recruitment and Selection in Thailand: Friend or Foe to Local Public Administration?

Piyawadee Rohitarachoon, Farhad Hossain

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This article draws attention to the advantages and disadvantages derived from decentralized recruitment and selection for a form of local public administrative unit, the municipality. This was examined within the context of Thailand, a unitary transitional country where bureaucratization and centralization had been the norms in its public administrative system for centuries. It argues that local fiscal management and reformed local government structure would not be successful when executed by incompetent local civil servants. To summarize, recruitment and selection function as a "vacuum" and "filter" that organizations employ to obtain proficient and skilled human resources for their organizations. In Thailand at the local level, it appears that discussions of recruitment and selection functions barely disguise the inept procedures that occur in reality. These are grounded in actions looking towards recentralization, local-cronyism, and nepotism that have traditionally rooted and underpinned the Thai local administration in the area of personnel administration. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-561
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • decentralization
  • municipality
  • recruitment and selection
  • Thailand

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  • Global Development Institute


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