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Title: Urban development in a decentralized Indonesia: Two success stories?
Authors: Bunnell, T.
Ann Miller, M. 
Phelps, N.A.
Taylor, J.
Keywords: Decentralization
Regional autonomy
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Bunnell, T., Ann Miller, M., Phelps, N.A., Taylor, J. (2013). Urban development in a decentralized Indonesia: Two success stories?. Pacific Affairs 86 (4) : 857-876. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The year 2011 marked the tenth anniversary of the implementation of Indonesia's regional autonomy laws. This paper considers implications of more than a decade of decentralized governance for urban development in Indonesia. After a brief historical overview and consideration of the rationale for political and administrative decentralization in that national context, we examine a range of critical perspectives on policy outcomes. Both media coverage and academic analyses have overwhelmingly cast decentralized governance as it has been implemented in Indonesia in a negative light. As a corrective to this, we have sought to identify positive outcomes and possibilities associated with Indonesia's large-scale decentralization project. In particular, we detail the cases of two cities which have been cast in a variety of rankings and media representations as success stories of urban development through decentralized governance: Solo (or Surakarta as the city is also formally named) and Surabaya. In the final section of the paper, we critically evaluate these two cases and discuss their wider implications. © Pacific Affairs. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Pacific Affairs
ISSN: 0030851X
DOI: 10.5509/2013864857
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