Volunteer Spies, Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood Governance in Indonesia and Around the World

Citation:

Soderborg SN. Volunteer Spies, Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood Governance in Indonesia and Around the World, in Midwest Political Science Association 2015 Conference. Chicago, IL ; 2015.
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Date Presented:

18 Apr

Abstract:

In many developing countries, auxiliaries of the formal civil service are organized at the level of a handful of households to carry out administrative tasks. This institutional form is especially common in, but not limited to, Pacific Asia, where it is legacy of Japanese colonialism. Neighborhood governance of this kind is a top-down project designed to direct organizational life to state purposes. When effective, these systems provide cheap labor to the statesupplementing small civil services and security forces with organized volunteersThese systems originated in periods of non-democratic rule, but in a number of countries, have continued to function long after democratization. It is not clear, however, why residents choose to provide this labor in a democratic contextWith evidence from Indonesia, I find evidence suggesting that the effectiveness of the neighborhood governance system depends on residents’ incentives to participate, and that these are related to individual characteristics, including age, and community characteristics like residential mobility. I then outline designs for testinthe effects of these characteristics on participation in neighborhood governance, and the effects of neighborhood leadership density on political participation and disaster recovery. 

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