Modern Public Management in Thailand : A Comparative Analysis of Competing Perspectives


  • ไชยนันท์ ปัญญาศิริ


Old Public Administration (OPA), New Public Management (NPM), New Public Governance (NPG), New Public Service (NPS)


The main purpose of this article is to conduct a primary research regarding the competing concepts and perspectives in modern Public Management literatures including: New Public Management (NPM), New Public Governance (NPG) and New Public Service (NPS) and to compare the viability of these concepts toward public management in Thailand.  The method of study reliesmostly on documentary research on influential academic writings from Public Administration literatures. The article explores these modern Public Management concepts in terms of rationale, assumptions, discursive aspects, evolution and development, strengths and limitations and applicability and so on. 


The result of the study shows dimensional comparison between various contemporary public management perspectives, including NPM, NPG and NPSin their theoretical backgrounds, perspectives and solutions for public sector development in Thailand.Based on the finding of the study, Thailand should pursue a “hybrid” style of public management consisting of all elements three modern PA perspectives namely, NPM, NPG and NPS as well as maintaining Thai national value of moral and professionalism. The path to growth and sustainability of Thailand involves retaining its traditional value supportive of participatory and responsive form of governance and to keep pace with the postmodernist characteristics ofthe 21st century.


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