The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) Strategic Activities in Thailand

  • Somchai Thamsutiwat, Non Naprathansuk, Winit Pharcharuen

Abstract

— This research aimed to investigate the anti-corruption activities in Thailand from the past to the
present and suggest National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) roll. This research used the principle of
qualitative research to collect documentary and data related to the anti-corruption activities in Thailand
especially the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) was appointed as an independent organization
under the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand in 1999 until present. The research founded that the causes
of corruption essentially derived from the country’s social structures and the deeply rooted Thai cultures,
pertaining seniority system, patronage system and classism. When the Office of the National Anti-Corruption
Commission (NACC) was appointed as an independent organization under the Constitution of the Kingdom of
Thailand in 1999, it encountered several crucial challenges containing: 1) the failure to transform the policies
into to practice due to the lack of inter-agency integration as well as the obscurity of direction and course of
actions; 2) the deficiency in budgeting and strategy integration which hindered the organization to reach its
utmost advantages; 3) the lack of a well-rounded scholarly knowledge which resulted in the ruptures in the
process of translating the strategy into actions, 4) the absence of cooperation due to the insufficient mutual
understanding between the policy makers and practitioners. To mitigate the mentioned problems, this paper
argues that the NACC shall: 1) shift its roles from working independently to emphasizing on building the
network; 2) allow people to take part in scrutinizing the use of state power; 3) effectively enforce suppression
law, and 4) establish the pragmatic anti-corruption policies.

Published
2020-05-30
Section
Articles