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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-33
Comparative Studies on the Governance of the Local Governments in Southeast Asia


Since the 1990s, as part of the state restructuring scheme for democratization or for political stability, many countries in Southeast Asia have established more decentralized local administration systems. However, the substantial means and effects of the decentralization schemes in each country seem to differ according to the process and the central-local relationship prior to the recent trends of decentralization.

In our two-year research project, the research team would focus on the institutional factors of the local administration system in each country. The team would collect data on the local administration system such as types and structures of local governments, distribution of authority, mechanism for policy coordination between the central-local governments. We would then explore a comparative perspective among the countries by focusing on the question of local governance such as political effects (democratization or political stability), the mechanism to secure accountability, and the delivery of administrative services to residents.


2009/4 - 2011/3


NAGAI Fumio (Professor, Osaka City University)

Members of the Research Project

NAGAI Fumio (Professor, Osaka City University)
OKAMOTO Masaaki (Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
SHIMAGAMI Motoko (Researcher, Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University)
NISHIMURA Kenichi (Associate Professor, International Student Center, Osaka University)
KAGOYA Kazuhiro (Associate Professor , Kanto Gakuin University)


The interim research report will be published in March 2010(in Japanese).
The final results of the project will be published as アジ研選書( in Japanese) during fiscal year 2011.