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Betwixt Droughts and Floods: Flood Management Politics in Thailand

Zwischen Dürren und Überschwemmungen: Hochwasser-Management in Thailand
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Maier-Knapp, Naila

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Abstract Attempting to create greater understanding of the political dynamics that influence domestic disaster relief and management (DRM) in Thailand, this article takes a closer look at these dynamics by outlining the main actors involved in flood-related DRM. It acknowledges the importance of international and military actors but emphasises the role of national and subnational authorities. The article then identifies the central issues of DRM governance as capacity and bureaucracy and discusses these through a chronological assessment of the flood crisis in Thailand in 2011, interweaving the colourful domestic politics with various political cleavages and dichotomies, and thereby distinguishing between three main dichotomies which it considers as the central drivers of the political dynamics and institutional development of DRM. These issues can be summarised as old versus new institutions, technocracy versus bureaucracy and centralised (but with direct people-orientation through greater channels of citizenry participation) versus decentralised bureaucracy with an indirect orientation towards people. (author's abstract)
Keywords Thailand; natural disaster; disaster control; prevention; political actor; drought; environmental policy; governance; institutional factors; technocracy; bureaucracy; citizens' participation; Southeast Asia; developing country
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Katastrophenvorsorge; Hochwassermanagement
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 57-83
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 34 (2015) 1
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs