Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #15: State Formation In Riau Islands Province


by Amri, Mulya; Faizal Rianto

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #15: State Formation In Riau Islands Province

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 41 pages
Published:  2018, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814818650
SB#:  061786 (121)

About This Book

The formation of the Riau Islands Province (RIP) in 2002 is argued to be part of a broader trend of pemekaran (blossoming) that saw the creation of seven new provinces and more than 100 new districts throughout Indonesia after the fall of the New Order. This article argues that the main motivation for these subnational movements was a combination of rational interests and cultural sentiments. Since becoming its own province, RIP has been performing well and has surpassed Riau, the "parent" province, in multiple aspects including human development, poverty alleviation, and government administration. Despite the usual hiccups such as capacity gaps and corruption, the formation of the Province has been positive in achieving a balance between keeping the country intact while allowing local stakeholders a substantial level of autonomy.


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