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The monograph series in public administration

As it is generally known, practically all texts in public administration exist only in English and they are not available or easily accessible in Thailand. Students in Public Administration find it difficult to acquire such texts and, if acquired, to read in foreign languages. Fortunately, they may find some articles in Thai on Public Administration in some Thai journals, such as, the Thai Journal of Development Administration. However, most writings in these journals are far too advanced for the beginning students of Public Administration, and, thus, serving only those who have already been educated in Public Administration. There seem to be a gap between the beginners and the learned, as far as educational materials are concerned. This void should not be ignored, if the discipline of Development and Public Administration is to make any progress in Thailand.

The School of Public Administration, National Institute of Development Administration, would like to ameliorate this situation and fill up such gap by publishing a Monograph Series in Public Administration. The Series will be a supplement to the Thai Journal of Development Administration and other publication programs at NIDA, since the Series is more general and fundamental in nature. It will include preliminary reports of research on Thai Public and Development Administration undertaken by NIDA faculty members, excellent papers and thesis written by students, and articles written specifically as an introduction to various sub-fields in Public Administration by faculty members and/or other qualified persons.

The school of Public Administration, through a qualified editorial board, will select and publish each year 5 monographs of not longer than 100 pages, and a few of about 20 pages in length. In so doing, the School of Public Administration believes that the Monograph Series can fill the void, as well as encouraging interested individuals to study Development and Public Administration conditions in Thailand, and bringing to the public many existion manuscripts which have not been published due to the lack of financial supports.

A part of the operation costs of this project is financed by a grant from the Asia Foundation to which the School would like to express its appreciation.

July 1976
School of Public Administration.