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Asymmetrical Decentralization

In the practice of asymmetrical decentralization in Indonesia, there is envy towards special autonomy regions, namely Jakarta, Aceh, Yogyakarta and Papua. This is especially because of the financial impact of special autonomy.

Oleh Irfan Ridwan Maksum
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After the recent simultaneous regional elections, discourse on the 2025 simultaneous regional elections has attracted public attention, especially surrounding the government’s risk management preparations in conflict-prone areas.

The simultaneous regional elections also raised criticisms against Indonesia’s asymmetrical decentralization. Not all regions in Indonesia are apparently suitable for direct regional elections. In the practice of asymmetrical decentralization in Indonesia, there is envy towards special autonomy regions, namely Jakarta, Aceh, Yogyakarta and Papua. This is especially because of the financial impact of special autonomy. The four provinces are deemed to have strong eligibility for the special status, thereby triggering the asymmetrical decentralization in Indonesia.

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