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Decentralization without Accountability: Power and Authority over Local Forest Governance in Indonesia

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Djogo, Tony; Syaf, Rudi
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Conf. Date: August 9-13
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1611
Sector: Forestry
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): IASC
forest management
Abstract: "The decentralization of forest resource management authority to local governments has resulted in a situation in which district governments are neither accountable upward to the central government nor downward to the local people. The decentralization of authority without appropriate devolution processes or control mechanisms has resulted in the decentralization of opportunistic behavior that is in direct opposition to the development of good local forest governance. The delegation of authority has in fact resulted in the decentralization of power to the private sector. This paper examines some of the counterproductive impacts of decentralization, and explores possible mechanisms to prevent or minimize negative behaviors in order to support better accountability in local forest governance."

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