THE GOVERNANCE OF SMALL CITIES IN DECENTRALIZING INDONESIA: THE CASE OF CIREBON CITY AND ITS SURROUNDING REGIONS.

Rahayu, Paramita (2017) THE GOVERNANCE OF SMALL CITIES IN DECENTRALIZING INDONESIA: THE CASE OF CIREBON CITY AND ITS SURROUNDING REGIONS. PhD thesis, Universitas Sebelas Maret.

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    Abstract

    Thisexploratory researchaims to understand how governance processes in small cities are institutionally designed, given their current contextual challenges. It focuses on the case of Cirebon City, and its surrounding regions, in Indonesia. The study reveals that, first, small cities like Cirebon are confronted with challenges posed by rapid urbanization, deficient natural resources and urban services as well as a sudden change to decentralization and regional autonomy. Second, the case study shows low financial capacity of the local government and ongoing decentralization processes. These factors represent an institutional design with constrains on capacities for formal arrangements. At the same time, thirdly, the small city and its surrounding regions show promising signs of broader institutional capacity. Unfortunately, these capacities are compromised by significant inequality and control of resources by one of the actors involved, and they are being challenged by a strong authoritarian political culture inherited from previous centralized regime. Therefore, a crucial step is the introduction of greater opportunities at the regional level transcending interlocal rivalry. The cityness of Indonesian small cities within rapidly urbanizing regions involves “substantially intense and dynamic local interrelations of core-periphery that compete for space, resources, identity, roles, and influence”. Meanwhile, the smallness of a city implies a distinct situation in which the reach of a small city has been weakened by decentralization. The extent to which a small city is able to overcome its reduced influence and to continue growing, depends on the institutional capacity of all actors in the new networks.In other words, a city’s institutional capacity within a decentralizing system will substantially influence its smallness and cityness.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
    T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
    Divisions: Pasca Sarjana
    Pasca Sarjana > Doktor
    Depositing User: Fransiska Meilani f
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 10:54
    Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 10:54
    URI: https://eprints.uns.ac.id/id/eprint/33617

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