National control over local law making in Indonesia

Authored by: Simon Butt

Routledge Handbook of Asian Law

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415659406
eBook ISBN: 9781315660547
Adobe ISBN: 9781317337409


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Indonesia’s post-Soeharto decentralisation experiment was put into action from 2001. Since then, local governments have enjoyed greatly expanded power to devise policy and enact ‘regional regulations’ (peraturan daerah, commonly abbreviated to Perda), issuing many thousands of them. 1 Legally speaking, however, the central government has retained almost unbridled control over regional law making: the central government can override or annul almost any Perda.

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