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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 1990s. Since after the 2000s, local governmental bodies in these countries are assuming more-important roles in local development and public services delivery. In Indonesia and the Philippines, new presidents were elected from former local government executives, which suggests a new pattern of political career advancement in these countries. Decentralization schemes in Southeast Asia are now undergoing a new stage, and patterns of central-local relations are changing. In this context, this study aims to present a new perspective by analysing data from 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 survey results concerning central-local relations, local government performance, bargaining for budgeting, local clientelism, and elections in these ASEAN countries.


April 2018 - March 2020

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