Land and Development in Indonesia: Searching for the People's Sovereignty

Paperback: $30.00
ISBN-13: 9789814762083
Published: May 2016

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384 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Indonesia was founded on the ideal of the “Sovereignty of the People”, which suggests the pre-eminence of people’s rights to access, use and control land to support their livelihoods. Yet, many questions remain unresolved. How can the state ensure access to land for agriculture and housing while also supporting land acquisition for investment in industry and infrastructure? What is to be done about indigenous rights? Do registration and titling provide solutions? Is the land reform agenda — legislated but never implemented — still relevant? How should the land questions affecting Indonesia’s disappearing forests be resolved?

    The contributors to this volume assess progress on these issues through case studies from across the archipelago: from large-scale land acquisitions in Papua, to asset ownership in the villages of Sulawesi and Java, to tenure conflicts associated with the oil palm and mining booms in Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Sumatra. What are the prospects for the “people’s sovereignty” in regard to land?

  • About the Author(s)
    • John F. McCarthy, Editor

      John F. McCarthy is associate professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.
    • Kathryn Robinson, Editor

      Kathryn Robinson is emeritus professor in the School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.