Balanced Local Development Planning and Citizen Engagement in Local Government Administration, A Case Study of Thailand



It widely argues that the benefits of balanced local development planning in society can build engagement activities that bring the people, local government, and other government agencies together, strengthen and extend their social networks, build trust and shared values, and enable further collective action. The evidence of the benefit of balanced local development planning is that we can be more confident of the benefits of citizenship, partnership, and coownership. An example of this concept is the citizen's charter, as it can develop individual participation skills and the capacity for public participation. Another view is that engagement can help to create and strengthen citizenship skills and prospects for civil cooperation. Those who participate learn new meanings and practices of citizenship by working together with local government and other state agencies. This study found that a citizen’s charter can support citizen engagement as it involves a community-based process, where citizens organize goals and work together with government organizations in the decision-making process. Citizens can get more involved in this process when the issues relate directly to them. Therefore, balanced local development planning will be a benefit for all stakeholders who cooperate in implementing changes. It can constructively improve local governance and development outcomes, which have always been in the mainstream of development policy and discourse.

Keywords: Balanced Development Planning, Citizenship, Citizen Engagement, Local Governance, Public Administration, Public Policy, Partnership, Ownership, People Participation, Sustainable Development.

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