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Open Access Sold down the river: Renegotiating public power over nature in Central Kalimantan

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Sold down the river: Renegotiating public power over nature in Central Kalimantan

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This chapter examines how decentralization and the subsequent recentralization affected the exercise of public powers over nature in Central Kalimantan. It draws some conclusions concerning the functioning of civil society, the state and the exercise of power and the prospects for successful decentralization in this particular context. The turn to and away from decentralization in the forestry sector over 1998-2004 involved a struggle over resources that reveals the particular course of politico-legal change over this period. The constellation of actors benefiting from this system of resource access was highly changeable as the system was subject to shifts in power, political position, and legal authority. The chapter analyses how the mechanisms, structures and processes at work in the control and maintenance of access to benefits have changed. The author does this by covering the period immediately before regional autonomy and the high season of autonomy (2000-2002), and tracing developments from 2002.

Keywords: Central Kalimantan; decentralization; Post autonomy; public power; subsequent recentralization



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