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New Waves of Decentralization in Southeast Asia: Analysis of Local Government Survey Data (2018_2_40_025)

Decentralization reforms took place simultaneously in ASEAN countries during the era of democratization in the 1990's. Since the 2000's, the local governmental bodies in these countries are assuming more important roles in local development and public service delivery. In Indonesia and the Philippines, new presidents were elected from the former local government executives. This suggests a new pattern of political career advancement in these countries. Decentralization schemes in Southeast Asia are now undergoing a new stage, and the patterns of central-local relations are changing. In this context, the current study aims to present a new perspective by analysing the data from the local government surveys carried out in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines during 2012 to 2014. By processing the data of each country for comparative use, this study will present the survey results concerning central-local relations, local government performance, bargaining for budget formation, local clientlism and elections in these ASEAN countries.

April 2018 - March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Funatsu Tsuruyo
[ Co-researcher ] Nagai Fumio
(Professor, Graduate School of Law, Osaka City University)
[ Co-researcher ] Okamoto Masaaki
(Professor, The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
[ Co-researcher ] Nishimura Kenichi
(Associate Professor, Center for International Education and Exchange, Osaka University)
[ Co-researcher ] Kagoya Kazuhiro
(Professor, College of Law, Kanto Gakuin University)
[ Co-researcher ] Kikuchi Masao
(Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Meiji University)