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Whangmahaporn, Piyakorn (2008) Thailand's Agenda Denial of Legalized Prostitutions. University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Journal, 28 (4). ISSN 0125-2437


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Prostitution was legal in the past, until Field Marshal Sarit Tanarat made it illegal in 1960. This issue was again debated by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (2001-2005), but it could not be put on the government agenda. The purpose of this article is to study the reason why this issue was denied. Kingdom's agenda setting model consisting of political stream, problem stream, policy stream and policy window was applied. The findings could be concluded as follows: 1) the attitude of actors toward the problem in the political stream were different; 2) the problem was not urgent enough; and 3) there was no consensus regarding a solution in the policy stream because the problem did not go along with Thai values. Therefore, this problem could not go through the policy window to be placed on the government's agenda. Finally, the government chose to keep prostitution illegal in Thai society, or deny legalizing prostitution.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: General Works > Journals
Political Science > Public Policy and Administration
Divisions: UTCC Journal Editorial Office
Depositing User: Sirichai Jintaviriyasakoon
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 06:32
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 06:32
URI: http://eprints.utcc.ac.th/id/eprint/643

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