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On the Political Edge: Conservation in an Era of Decentralization and Democratization in Central Sumatra, Indonesia

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Title:On the Political Edge: Conservation in an Era of Decentralization and Democratization in Central Sumatra, Indonesia
Authors:Bettinger, Keith Andrew
Contributors:Suryanata, Krisnawati (advisor)
Geography and Environment (department)
Keywords:conservation of natural resources
decentralization in government
Kerinci Seblat
environmental policy
show 7 moredemocratization reforms
public administration
health and environmental sciences
national parks
New Order regime
political ecology
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Date Issued:May 2014
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2014]
Abstract:This dissertation examines the effects of Indonesia's decentralization and democratization reforms on Kerinci Seblat National Park, a large protected area on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The reforms, which were implemented in the wake of the resignation of President Suharto, whose highly centralized and authoritarian New Order regime ruled Indonesia for more than three decades. The reforms have radically altered the dynamics of formal and informal politics in Indonesia. This is significant in places like rural Sumatra, where the economy is heavily reliant on primary sector activity. Thus the reforms have led to an increase in direct and indirect pressures on the park. This dissertation examines these changes from the perspective of political ecology, political economy, providing a comprehensive analysis of the structure and form of decentralization and democratization in Indonesia as well as the implications for national park-based conservation in Indonesia.
Description:PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 354–377).
Pages/Duration:xxii, 377 leaves : illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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