"..คุณพ่อคุณแม่บางคนอาจมีการศึกษาน้อย ก็ไม่มีกำลังปัญญาที่จะสอนลูกแยกแยะถูกผิด ผิดชอบชั่วดี อันนี้เราก็ต้องกังวลกลุ่มคนพวกนั้น ถ้าเป็นกลุ่มชนชั้นกลางคุณพ่อคุณจบปริญญาตรีก็ไม่ต้องสอนอะไรเยอะ ลูกก็คงจะรู้ว่าสิ่งนี้ควรสิ่งนี้ไม่ควร.."
- Profile of Thai Politicians
Associate Professor Siripan Nogsuan from Department of Government aims to construct comprehensive profiles of individual Thai politicians, which will be utilized as a basic data set for articulating democracy watch indicators on election, representation, and political institution. She has conducted a national survey on the first constitutional referendum in the last August (2007), followed by another national survey on the last December 2007 election. Her research findings on the two voting behaviors disclose changes in the quality of Thai democracy toward a more fragmentation and less in solidarity. Her profiles of politicians are on the way.
- Democracy in Local Politics
Drawing from her previous research with strong academic training in Japan, Assistance Professor Viengrat Netipothi from Department of Government conducts a research initiating a democracy watch at the level of local government / politics. She aims to investigate the changing patterns of local politics in different local settings, urban and rural, in all regions. It is expected that the research findings will contribute to the making of democracy indicators for monitoring local democracy and decentralization in Thailand.
- Governance of Thai Public Administration
A senior and internationally well-reputed scholar Associate Professor Dr. Bidhya Bowornwattana from Department of Public Administration launches his exploratory research on the changing patterns and related factors of the governance system of Thai public administration. He is particularly interested in emerging issues, such as political-administrative dichotomy, cronyism and corruption, public sector reform, and their consequences on democratization. Drawing from the research findings, the researcher will propose a set of valid and reliable parameters for measuring the progress of governance and democracy in the Thai public sector.
- Civil Society in Thai Democracy
Dr. Narumond Thabjumpol and Assistant Professor Dr. Prapart Pintoptang, both from Department of Government and well-known for profoundly involved with Thai civil society and politics of the people’s sector, focus this particular research on the extent of public accessibility to basic rights and freedoms of individual citizens and civil organizations, which have been reaffirmed by the 2007 constitution. A number of case studies on civic movements having been emerged after the promulgation of the 2007 constitution will be investigated in this study. The research findings will shed lights on how to measure the progress of civil society and deliberative democracy in Thai political context.
- International Practices of Democracy Assessment
Associate Professor Dr. Pisanu Sangiampongs from Department of Government, who is well-known for his knowledge on comparative public policy, conducts this research to learn how different countries have adopted democracy assessments in different ways. The research, in particular, wants to draw international knowledge and experiences. It is expected that the research will undoubtedly make direct contribution to TDW regarding democracy assessment methodologies.
- Fiscal Democracy Watch
Here the Faculty Dean, Professor Dr. Charas Suwanmala, guru of public finance, focuses his research on bringing the notion of rent-seeking, fiscal illusion, and informal economic sector into a framework of democracy watch in Thailand. Because political rent seeking and corruption are dominant drivers of political turbulences in Thailand, the Thai Constitution (2007) mandates to strengthen a fundamental principle of fiscal democracy including the checks and balances in Thai public finance administration. The research findings should contribute to the establishment of parameters of fiscal democracy watch.
- Political Power Structure and Democratization at Community Level
Drawing from his previous
research, Associate Professor Suchai Treerat, a senior Marxist scholar from Department of Government, takes this opportunity to highlight significant impacts of political power structure on democratization process at the community level. Taking a village as a case study, his present research aims to capture the socio-economic status of individual households, the changing patterns of political power in the community, and their impacts on political norms, beliefs, and behavior of individual households. It is expected that the research findings will suggest a set of democracy parameters related to socio-economic development and political culture.
- The Coup d'état and Democratic Stability in Thailand
A well-known scholar on international political economy, Associate Professor Dr. Thitinan Pongsutirak from Department of International Relations focuses his research on historical account of international reactions against the coup in Thailand in 2006. In particular, he seeks to find out how the international political and economic forces strengthening the norm of democracy hindered the coup and its militarily installed government. The research is expected to identify indicators deriving from the factor of international forces for Thai democratization.