Thailand’s highly centralized government and the Bangkok governor

Thailand’s capital city – Power failure – Economist, February 15, 2013
…The governor has no power over the city’s police or public bus services. For all the hoopla of the election campaign, the central government keeps the governor on a short leash. The Thai state is highly centralised. Bangkok’s citizens know that they are lucky to have elections at all. The interior ministry appoints the governor of all of Thailand’s 76 provinces, with which the capital region is on a par…

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