Changing to gray: Decentralization and the emergence of volatile socio-legal configurations in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

TitleChanging to gray: Decentralization and the emergence of volatile socio-legal configurations in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMcCarthy JF
JournalWorld Development
Volume32
Pagination1199-1223
Date PublishedJul
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0305-750X
Accession NumberISI:000222701400006
KeywordsAnthropology, ASIA, customary law, decentralization, development, DEVELOPMENT NARRATIVES, Development studies, Economics, FORESTS, GOVERNANCE, INDONESIA, law, natural resources, PHILIPPINES, RESOURCE-MANAGEMENT
Abstract

Decentralization policy narratives articulated by donor agencies tend to describe decentralization as a technical process of policy design and implementation, advocating decentralization as a solution to particular problems. Drawing on research carried out in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan following the inception of a decentralization program, this article examines how political processes at the national, district and village levels have led to highly volatile socio-legal configurations that create insecurity and heighten resource conflicts. It concludes that while the politics surrounding decentralization in different domains have ensured that the patterns of governance inherited from the past remain precariously distant from the objectives of good governance, decentralization has also opened up space for positive changes. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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