Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia

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Fadjar I. Thufail. Pacific Affairs. Vol 89:1, March 2016.

".... Such a diverse topic has made this edited book an indispensable and important reference to the study of decentralization in Indonesia. In fact, the book's important contribution goes beyond the study of Indonesian politics and economy. It stands as a critical comparative contribution to the literatures on similar processes of decentralization and centre-local relationships taking place in other countries in Asia, such as in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, or India.

This book has done a good job of portraying and examining this process in post-New Order Indonesia."

Fikri Zul Fahmi, The Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), Dec 2015.

"Indonesia's decentralisation and associated reforms have been complex and highly nuanced, and questions remain over whether decentralisation has in fact improve regional development. This edited book, which came out of the 2013 Indonesia Update conference at ANU, compiles interesting, high-quality studies of the implications of decentralisation for regional development dynamics amid Indonesia's enormous physical, socio-cultural, and economic geographies."

Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

"Overall, the volume covers a wide range of political, socio-economic and urban issues, with methods from econometrics, spatial planning and environment approaches. The book also emphasises two important issues in decentralisation: 1) the asymmetrical autonomy of Aceh and Papua and how the special treatment of those two regions has influenced each region's development and 2) the movement of goods and the trading patterns between regions in Indonesia. Each chapter, with its respective focus on political, administrative and/or fiscal decentralisation, successfully captures certain dynamics of regional development. This includes urban issues in Jakarta, the politics of special autonomy in Aceh and Papua, and the diversity of economic structures among the many provinces and districts of Indonesia".

About the Publication

Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic state. In 2001 it embarked on a "big bang" decentralization involving a major transfer of administrative, political and financial authority to its districts, now numbering more than 500. Together with the rapid transition from authoritarian to democratic rule in the late 1990s, this initiative has transformed the country's political, social and business life. While national government is the major area of contestation, power has shifted irreversibly away from the centre. How this significantly increased regional autonomy works will have a crucial bearing on the future of the Indonesian nation-state.

This volume features contributions by over 40 writers with deep expertise on Indonesia. The book provides a timely, comprehensive and analytical assessment of the country's regional development dynamics in the post-decentralization environment. It explores historical, political and development patterns at the regional level; the relationship between decentralization and governance; local-level perspectives; migration, cities and connectivity; and the challenges confronting the peripheral regions of Aceh and Papua.

The e-chapter on "An Introduction to the Issues" by Hal Hill is downloadable free of charge.


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Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4519-17-5], by Hal Hill, author 12.90 USD
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Preliminary pages Download
1. An introduction to the issues, by Hal Hill, author Download
2. Before the 'big bang': Decentralization debates and practice in Indonesia, 1949-99, by Anne Booth, author 5.00 USD
3. Indonesia's decentralization: The rise of local identities and the survival of the nation-state, by Marcus Mietzner, author 5.00 USD
4. Hares and tortoises: Regional development dynamics in Indonesia, by Hal Hill, Yogi Vidyattama, authors 5.00 USD
5. Patterns of regional poverty in the new Indonesia, by Amri Ilmma, Matthew Wai-Poi, authors 5.00 USD
6. Twelve years of fiscal decentralization: A balance sheet, by Blane D. Lewis, author 5.00 USD
7. Local governance and development outcomes, by Arianto A. Patunru, Erman A. Rahman, authors 5.00 USD
8. Decentralization, governance and public service delivery, by G√ľnther G. Schulze, Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir, authors 5.00 USD
9. What determines the quality of subnational economic governance? Comparing Indonesia and Vietnam, by Neil McCulloch, Edmund Malesky, authors 5.00 USD
10. Dilemmas of participation: The National Community Empowerment Program, by John McCarthy, Dirk Steenbergen, Greg Acciaioli, Geoff Baker, Anton Lucas, Vivianti Rambe, Carol Warren, authors 5.00 USD
11. Governing fragile ecologies: a perspective on forest and land-based development in the regions, by Ida Aju Pradnja Resosudarmo, Ngakan Putu Oka, Sofi Mardiah, Nugroho Adi Utomo, authors 5.00 USD
12. Explaining regional heterogeneity of poverty: Evidence from a decentralized Indonesia, by Sudarno Sumarto, Marc Vothknecht, Laura Wijaya, authors 5.00 USD
13. Migration patterns: People on the move, by Salut Muhidin, author 5.00 USD
14. Regional labour markets in 2002-12: Limited convergence but integration nonetheless, by Chris Manning, Raden Muhamad Purnagunawan, authors 5.00 USD
15. The dynamics of Jabodetabek development: The challenge of urban governance, by Tommy Firman, author 5.00 USD
16. Challenges of implementing logistics reform in Indonesia, by Henry Sandee, Nanda Nurridzki, Mohamad Adhi Prakoso Dipo, authors 5.00 USD
17. The political impact of carving up Papua, by Cillian Nolan, Sidney Jones, Solahudin, authors 5.00 USD
18. Development in Papua after special autonomy, by Budy P. Resosudarmo, Julius A. Mollet, Umbu R. Raya, Hans Kaiwai, authors 5.00 USD
19. Special autonomy, predatory peace and the resolution of the Aceh conflict, by Edward Aspinall, author 5.00 USD
20. Aceh's economy: Prospects for revival after disaster and war, by Peter McCawley, author 5.00 USD
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