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Local governments are hurting more than making things better

  • Debnath Guharoy

    Consultant

  /   Tue, March 25 2008   /  12:43 am

Decentralizing power, by shifting control from the central government to smaller local governments, is the will of the local population and can only be deemed progressive in a new democracy like Indonesia. But it is a new system fraught with problems. In a special poll recently conducted across the country, Roy Morgan Research measured the response to the rollout of local governments. In a sample projected to represent the views of close to 90 percent of the population, Roy Morgan interviewed 2,083 people aged 14-years and older. Almost half the people interviewed felt the actions taken by members of their local government were in the member's individual interest or in the interest of their political party. Although answers to the survey did not significantly vary according to gender or location, the young were much less forgiving. Furthermore, 63 percent ...