Life Long Learning Program- Thailand: Education, Health and Political Polarization
In recent decades, the Thai government promoted two significant reforms in education and health. Yet, the outcomes of the policy initiatives differed dramatically. While health reform was successful in delivering universal coverage, education reform did not succeed in improving student performance. We will discuss how differences in the capacity of state agencies account for the disparity in public goods provisioning for citizens.
In the second session we will examine how in the last 10 years, deepened political polarization has cleaved a society that was traditionally known for its ideological nonpartisanship. In fact, the level of polarization resulted in widespread protests and violence that eventually led the way back for the military to resume power. What led to this polarization? We will discuss the rift between political insiders and outsiders that democratization produced that in turn translated into societal divisions.
Facilitator: Illan Nam is an associate professor of political science and the director of the Lampert Institute at Colgate University.
Thursday, November 15 at 3:30pm
Hamilton Public Library, Community Room
13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346