Local Governance in Timor-Leste

Local Governance in Timor-Leste

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Across many parts of the postcolonial world, it is everyday reality for people to cross regularly between state-based and customary governance, institutions and norms. This book examines this phenomenon in the context of the villages of Timor-Leste, and the state-building efforts that have been conducted by the Timorese government and international development agencies since the vote for independence in 1999. Drawing on 5 years of ethnographic fieldwork in the remote, rural areas of Timor-Leste, the book provides a critical analysis of the challenges that communities face when navigating coexisting customary and state-based structures and norms in a context where customary law continues to be the central guiding force. It also explores the various creative ways in which local leaders and community members make sense of their local governance environment. It then draws on these insights to provide a more nuanced, contextualised account of the impact of institutional interventions, state-building and democratisation within these villages. While set in the context of state- and nation-building efforts following Timor-Lestea€™s vote for independence, the book also provides a broader examination of the issues that arise for the postcolonial state adequately meeting the needs of its citizens. Further, it explores the challenges that are met by communities when incorporating state influences and demands into their everyday lives. Expanding the scope of empirical Timor-Leste scholarship by moving beyond anthropological description and providing the first detailed political analysis of local-level governance in contemporary Timorese communities, this book is a valuable contribution to studies on Asian Politics, Governance and International Studies.Lessons in postcolonial state-building Deborah Cummins. Davidson, Kathryn 19 decentralisation policies 125Ay7; challenges with implementation 38Ay9, 136; models for 126, 127 decolonisation process: ... 79; institutional links 85Ay6; limitations of customary authorities 85Ay9; limitations with domestic violence cases 86Ay7; procedural elements of ... distribution problems within suku 106Ay8 education: barriersfor women accessing 73; opportunities for children 26Ay7 ema reinu (commoners)anbsp;...

Title:Local Governance in Timor-Leste
Author: Deborah Cummins
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-11-20

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