An Alternative Policy Proposal for the Provinces Populated by the Malay Ethnonationality in the South of Thailand.

Otto F. von Feigenblatt


This article provides a public policy analysis of governance in the provinces populated by the Malay ethnonationality in the South of Thailand. Important stakeholders are identifi ed as well as important sociopolitical environmental factors. The fi nal sections of the paper present a proposal for a new governance structure for the Muslim South of Thailand taking into consideration the social, cultural, and economic context as well as the wellbeing and right to self-determination of the local population. This study concludes that considerable economic, political, and social opportunities for development are being lost in the South of Thailand due to misguided governance policies.


Malays, South of Thailand, Autonomy, Governance, Devolution of Power

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