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Development story: Indonesia and India, two paths

“The comparison between India and Indonesia suggests a different kind of equity-efficiency tradeoff. Indonesia chose a vision of nationalism that emphasized local participation, in a manner that may have regressively taxed the poor. It was also coercive, and, being enforced by the power of military dictatorship, helped abrogate individual liberty. But it did result in the efficient delivery of public services. India chose a different path. It emphasized democracy and universal franchise even in village government. This, for the most part, resulted in inefficient public service delivery, keeping India well behind Indonesia in human development indicators despite similar levels of per capita income.”


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This entry was posted on December 21, 2010 by in 【Indonesia-ish & SEAsia】.
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