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State Formation in Riau Islands Province

Author :  Mulya Amri, Faizal Rianto

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  • Country Singapore
  • Publisher ISEAS Publishing, Singapore
  • ISBN9789814818650
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2018
  • Bib. Info52p.
  • Product Weight100 gms.
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The formation of the Riau Islands Province (RIP) in 2002 is argued to be part of a broader trend of pemekaran (blossoming) that saw the creation of seven new provinces and more than 100 new districts throughout Indonesia after the fall of the New Order. This article argues that the main motivation for these subnational movements was a combination of rational interests and cultural sentiments. In the case of RIP, rational interests involved struggles over unfair distribution of power and resources, including the way development under the control of (mainland) Riau Province had been detrimental to the peripheral and archipelagic people of Riau Islands. Cultural sentiments also played an important role, as the people of the Riau Islands considered themselves as “archipelagic Malays” and heirs of the great Malay-maritime empires of the past, as opposed to “mainland Malays” who were mostly farmers. Since becoming its own province, RIP has been performing well and has surpassed Riau, the “parent” province, in multiple aspects including human development, poverty alleviation, and government administration.

Content Details

1. Kepulauan Riau (Indonesia) - Politics and government. 2. Central-local government relations - Indonesia - Kepulauan Riau. 3. Faizal Rianto.

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