Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Open Access Introduction

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Introduction

Access full text chapter:

  • PDF

Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on the role of regional bureaucratic elites in the huge increase in the number of administrative districts, from 300 in 1999 to 440 in 2004. This process is aptly called pemekaran, or 'blossoming'. As it demonstrates, this 'administrative involution' was driven by the interests of particular bureaucratic and political elites who often mobilized ethnic sentiments to achieve their goals. The chapter concentrates on the economic policies of certain bureaucratic and political interest groups. It introduces the concept of the 'shadow state', which is used in Indian and African settings in order to indicate the vital connections between formal and informal arrangements that characterize the regional economy. Relatedto these themes are questions regarding an economy of violence and the relative weakness of civil society. Finally, the chapter focuses on aspects of regional identity politics as they are manifested in terms of ethnicity, religion, and/or region.

Keywords: civil society; ethnicity; pemekaran; regional bureaucratic elites; regional identity politics

10.1163/9789004260436_002
/content/books/b9789004260436s002
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Renegotiating Boundaries — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation