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Legitimacy and Compliance
17 November 2017
After the Midterm exam, the topic on legitimacy and compliance is still relevant to discuss. Academic literatures on power and authorities usually talk about sources of power that any individual can have. The main moral justice for anybody who hold the power is that it has to be controlled, and/or to be used for the betterment of all. Hence, the concept of legitimacy is actually derived from the importance of responsibility and accountability. Any use of power is legitimate as long as it is followed by a good will to deliver or to give to others. The more technical discussions about authorities, a legal form of power, is also related to compliance, i.e. how every individuals who hold authorities should comply with public values of accountability.
Lecture #1, What is accountability and why is it imperative?
Asymmetric Decentralization: Indonesian Experience, LOGIN and Kemitraan, Sari Pan Pacific hotel, June 7th 2017
09 Juni 2017
I was invited by the LOGIN (Local Governance Initiative and Network) to talk about lesson learned from Indonesian experience on taking the asymmetric decentralization policy. The workshop involves experts and government officials from mostly South Asian countries, i.e. Nepal, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. I essentially explained that Indonesian experience is not unique. Many countries have used the asymmetric scheme, such as Germany in Bavaria, Spain in Catalonia, and UK in Ireland. In Asia, we have Thailand in Pattani, the Philippines in Mindanao, and Indonesia in three provinces: Aceh, Papua, and Jogja. The striking similarity among the cases is that the impetus of asymmetric decentralization policy has been political while the evaluating the policy from the economic aspect (whether the policy has resulted in equal prosperity) is still lacking.
"Decentralization and Local Governance, Indonesian Experience". IPD Roundtable Discussion, Denpasar, Bali.
23 Mei 2017
A friendly yet fruitful discussion involving experts and researchers was conducted by the IPD (Institute for Peace and Democracy). The discussion was meant for gathering updated information about Indonesia and the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) countries. I presented some notes about the Indonesian experience on implementing decentralization policy. Much has been achieved by decentralization, and at least the policy has been able to prevent a nation break-up, a fear of Balkanization that was argued by many policy makers in Indonesia. Nevertheless, in terms of the ultimate goals of decentralization, Vietnam experience in linking the policy with the improvement of local business climate seemed to be much better. At any rate, there is a lot of opportunities for experts in Indonesia and CLMV countries to discuss current issues in local governance and to learn from each other.
Syllabus, Public Budgeting
01 Februari 2017
The accompanying document is the syllabus for the subject of public budgeting. Designed specifically for the IUP (International Undergraduate Program) of Public Policy and Management, the syllabus covers the basic concepts of fiscal policies, budget cycles in different levels of government, fiscal decentralisation, capital expenditures, and various issues of budgeting policies in Indonesian context.