Accessing the State? NGOs, Civil Society and Access to Power in Everyday Jakarta

The State
07 NOV 2018

Accessing the State? NGOs, Civil Society and Access to Power in Everyday Jakarta

Concerned with different types of NGOs in today’s Jakarta, this research project aims to question how people access power at different levels of society. Focusing on NGOs acting as advocactes for the poor, it analyses how, both informal and formal processes are constitutive and emblematic of relationships that are engendered between local government and the State. It is in analysing such interactions, that this project examines how links between the State and the people are constantly being created and how the formal State functions on a day to day basis, in more or less informal ways. Starting from a ‘State-centric’ framework is relevant to understanding how power is negotiated within a local context. Different means of action are indeed used in order to obtain influence in everyday policies and politics, and to achieve certain objectives. These reflect how access to power is, in reality, constantly being negotiated. It is in these types of negotiations and strategies that the nature both of the State and, also, of power in Indonesia is revealed. This goes beyond the official image that a superficial formal and institutional description of power relations would suggest, on the contrary stressing the role of interpersonal relationships in such processes.

Speaker(s)
Tadie, Jerome

Jérôme Tadié is an urban and social geographer, a research fellow at the Institut de ... [read more]