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Journal of Rural Indonesia
Vol 1, No 1 (2013)
The Secret Valley Divided: Administrative Proliferation in Kerinci Valley, Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia
Bettinger, Keith Andrew ( Department of Geography, University of Hawaii)
Article Info   ABSTRACT
Published date:
19 Oct 2013
 
After the fall of president Suharto Indonesiaimplemented sweeping decentralization reforms with the goal of rebalancing powers and responsibilities between the central government and the regions.  Among the raft of new laws was legislation that allowed for increased proliferation (pemekaran) at the district/municipality and provincial level.  In theory administrative proliferation would increase citizen participation and efficiency in governance.  After 12 years the number of districts inIndonesia has nearly doubled, but there are indications that the performance of new regions is not living up to expectations.  This paper examines one case: the creation of the administrativemunicipality ofSungai Penuh, which was split off from Kerinci District,JambiProvince,Sumatra, in 2009.  I find that the process of new region creation in Kerinci has been dominated by local elites and has actually decreased unity within the district and has given rise to a movement to further sub-divide the district.  The implementation of pemekaran created new tensions, and very likely will undermine the medium and long-term prospects for development in the region. Keywords:  Administrative Proliferation; Decentralization; Indonesia; Elite Capture; Reformasi[How to Cite: Bettinger, K. (2013). The Secret Valley Divided: Administrative Proliferation in Kerinci Valley, Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal Of Rural Indonesia, 1(1), 67-86. Retrieved fromhttp://ejournal.skpm.ipb.ac.id/index.php/ruralindonesia/article/view/9]
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