Social Policy for Improvement of Standard of Living in Thailand

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 9:15 AM
Room: Booth 53
Oral Presentation
Thawilwadee BUREEKUL , Research and Development, King Prajadhipok's Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Stithorn THANANITHICHOT , King Prajadhipok's Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Ratchawadee SANGMAHAMAD , King Prajadhipok's Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Social Policy entails the study of the social relations necessary for human wellbeing and the systems by which wellbeing may be promoted. It’s about the many and various things that affect the kinds of life that people can live. This paper presents the results from Citizen Survey on social quality in Thailand by using the ACSQ (Asian Consortium for Social Quality) standard questionnaire conducted by King Prajadhipok’s Institute during the end of 2012 to explain the important factors affecting the public satisfaction on standard of living in Thailand and what kind of social policy should be formulated to enhance the wellbeing of Thai people. Since Thai present government concentrate mostly on so called “populist” policy which is considered to be different from welfare policy and there are a lot of controversies in Thai society.  A lot of money has been spent to support the wellbeing of the people in rural area and the group of the poor. The results show that accommodation, employment, financial status and family life have positive impact on satisfaction on standard of living, whereas political participation shows negative impact.  Therefore, the social policies that are appropriate for Thailand should be the strengthening the socio economic security that is related to those mentioned factors.