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Dynamics of Local Power Network in Chonburi Province
This article utilizes the social network perspective for analyzing local power network in Chonburi Province. It finds that before the decade of 1997s a single-pole power structure under the leadership of the big house has been formulated on the basis of the network of subdistrict heads and village heads linking together through the traditional form of patronage system. Owing to the power decentralization in 1997, the power networks of subdistrict administrative organizations, municipalities, provincial administrative organizations, and Pataya City have been formed in accordance with the traditional power structure : leading Chanburi to failure in power decentralization into local communities. This form of the single-pole power structure under the leadership of the big house is an obstacle for local self governance and just distribution of resources.
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