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INTERGOVERNMENTAL TRANSFERS AND DECENTRALISATION IN INDONESIA

Christopher Silver, Iwan Azis () and Larry Schroeder

Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 2001, vol. 37, issue 3, 345-362

Abstract: A fundamental restructuring of intergovernmental relations involving decentralisation and expanded autonomy for provincial and local governments is under way in Indonesia. This paper explores the intergovernmental financial system that preceded the new General Allocation Fund (DAU), with particular attention to the old Inpres development grants. Like Inpres, the DAU attempts to address national development objectives, and can be seen as a logical consequence of reform efforts in intergovernmental finance that began long before the demise of the New Order government in 1998. The use of earmarked Inpres grants enabled the central government to ensure that key sectors such as roads, public health and education received adequate attention throughout Indonesia's diverse regions. Local governments' experience with Inpres should help in implementation of the DAU, yet Law 25/1999—which restructures fiscal relations between the various levels of government—may actually have increased local reliance on the central government.

Date: 2001
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