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Buehler, Michael (2018) 'The Ephemeral Nature of Local Political Monopolies.' In: Hefner, Robert W., (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp. 106-117.

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The decentralization of political and fiscal authority in Indonesia in 1999 triggered a series of studies that predicted the rise of subnational strongmen who would subjugate the local state to their personal interests. However, almost 20 years after the devolution of power, Indonesian local politics are a lot more dynamic than earlier studies had assumed. While there are undoubtedly oligarchic and dynastic tendencies in Indonesian local politics, recent scholarship has emphasized the ephemeral nature of such power constellations. This chapter argues that a unique combination of institutional and structural conditions explains why local dynasties struggle to survive multiple election cycles in Indonesian local politics. The findings also speak to research on subnational authoritarian regimes in other parts of the world by showing that different constellations of institutional and socio-economic variables shape the rise and fall of local political monopolies.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISBN: 9781315628837
Copyright Statement: © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Robert W. Hefner; individual chapters, the contributors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a chapter published by Taylor & Francis in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia on 3 January 2018, available online:
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 10:20

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