The authors wish to thank the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (project Small Cities, Metropoles and the Future of Urban Indonesia) and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture for their support. The improvement of this article would not have been possible without the constructive comments of the three anonymous IJURR referees.
Cultural Cooperation, Institution Building and Metropolitan Governance in Decentralizing Indonesia
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013
© 2013 Urban Research Publications Limited
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 2217–2234, November 2014
How to Cite
Hudalah, D., Firman, T. and Woltjer, J. (2014), Cultural Cooperation, Institution Building and Metropolitan Governance in Decentralizing Indonesia. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38: 2217–2234. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12096
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013
- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture
- Metropolitan governance;
- Regional planning
The institutional turn in metropolitan governance has been influenced to a considerable degree by a rational choice approach, which views metropolitan governance as essentially created by local actors to reduce the transaction costs of inter-jurisdictional public-service provision. Another influential theoretical route follows a historical approach, which emphasizes the role of the state structure in producing formal institutions to enable governance at the regional level. Both approaches tend to be formalistic, simplistic and deterministic in nature, thus neglecting the dynamic interactions between the actors and their more informal, intangible, yet more basic, legitimate institutions, such as culture. This article examines the dynamic role of culture in metropolitan governance building in the context of decentralizing Indonesia. The analysis focuses on ‘best-practice’ experiences of metropolitan cooperation in greater Yogyakarta, where three neighbouring local governments known as Kartamantul have collaboratively performed cross-border infrastructure development to deal with the consequences of extended urbanization. We draw on sociological institutionalism to argue that building this metropolitan cooperation has its roots in the capacity of the actors to use and mobilize culture as a resource for collaborative action.