Indonesia Update Conference 2002

Local Power and Politics

27–28 September 2002

Update Program [PDF, 18KB]

VENUE: Coombs Lecture Theatre, H C Coombs Building, No. 9
Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200

OUTLINE:The 2002 Indonesia Update conference will examine the historic shift in political and economic power in Indonesia from the centre to the local level.This shift began with the downfall of the Soeharto government and accelerated rapidly during 2001 as a result of political and financial devolution. Under the Megawati Sukarnoputri presidency, however, the autonomy package is under review and there are early signs of recentralisation. Speakers at the conference are leading academics and policy makers from Indonesia, Australia and beyond. They include:

  • Professor Ryaas Rasyid, former minister for regional autonomy, and a chief author of Indonesia's decentralisation laws: An evaluation of decentralisation:the background,and the score sheet so far
  • Cornelis Lay, political scientist from Gadjah Mada University and adviser to President Megawati Sukarnoputri: The politics of regional autonomy under the Megawati Presidency
  • Hans Antlov, Program Officer, Ford Foundation, Jakarta: Not enough politics? Regional autonomy and the democratic polity

Other topics include:

  • Political and economic updates
  • Focused studies of the military at the local level; decentralisation and the bureaucracy; the role of civil society groups in monitoring local administrations and legislatures; and the impact of decentralisation on women
  • Six provincial and district case studies of how regional autonomy and fiscal decentralisation are working at the local level, and how local politicians, bureaucrats, business people and others have responded.

Conference Convenors

Dr Edward Aspinall
Department of Political and Social Change
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 61 2 6125 2411
Fax: 61 2 6125 5523
Email: edward.aspinall@anu.edu.au

Dr Greg Fealy
Department of Political and Social Change
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 61 2 6125 2302
Fax: 61 2 6125 5523
Email: greg.fealy@anu.edu.au

Conference Administrator

Jill Wolf
Indonesia Project
Department of Economics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
AUSTRALIA
Phone: 61 2 6125 3794
Fax: 61 2 6125 3700
Email: indonesia.project@anu.edu.au

 

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