IIAS-ISEAS Series on Asia

Decentralization and Regional Autonomy in Indonesia: Implementation and Challenges

Coen J G HoltzappelMartin Ramstedt


"With contributions from prominent authors who have looked at the process closely, this overview of the first few years after decentralisation covers many different angles. The book gives a clear picture of the bumpy but relatively successful implementation of this new governing system in Indonesia. It reveals the existence of many problems and much confusion among stakeholders, and illustrates the ways stakeholders still look to the old system for the answers. The contributions will provide valuable insights to those who praise or criticise the process from the outside, and can offer guidance to other countries that may contemplate doing something similar" (Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies).

About the Publication

In 1999, Indonesia embarked on a reform of regional governance that brings self-governance to rural districts and municipalities, i.e., the administrative and democratic capacity needed to apply basic services like healthcare, national legislation and environment policies. This edited volume is the first book, which not only deals with the 1999 legislation but also shows how the deficiencies and contradictions of this legislation reduced implementation between 2001 and 2004 to a try-out. The book also discusses the adaptations that were the focus of the debate on the revision of the 1999 legislation that resulted in the 2004 update legislation and the amendment of the 1945 Constitution. Anthropological case studies of five provinces complement and deepen the findings of the more general survey reports.