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Open Access Erring decentralization and elite politics in Papua

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Erring decentralization and elite politics in Papua

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This chapter focuses on certain members of the bureaucratic elite in Papua as influential actors in determining the future of the region. Amid a wave of recently established new provinces and districts, these leaders adopt strikingly creative ways to gain both popular and central government support, all characterised by marked regional differences. The chapter provides a substantial historical introduction describing the territory's tumultuous passage from being the last holdout of Dutch colonialism in Asia in the early 1960s, through the history of suffering (memoria passionis) that followed integration with Indonesia, and culminating in the Papuan Spring of 1999-2000. The chapter examines the strategies adopted by various Papuan elites to make the most of the opportunities offered by special autonomy and the redrawing of administrative boundaries (pemekaran), while at the same time keeping faith with the popular mistrust of a state that has failed them in so many ways.

Keywords: bureaucratic elite; Dutch colonialism; elite politics; memoria passionis; Papuan Spring; pemekaran; special autonomy



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