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The role of middle actors on land use policy: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

The role of middle actors on land use policy: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Soubly, Kevin and Khatun, Kaysara (2020) The role of middle actors on land use policy: a case study in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 23 (3). pp. 257-274. ISSN 1523-908X (Print), 1522-7200 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1823207)

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Abstract

This study applies Parag and Janda’s ‘middle-out’ analytical perspective as a complementing alternative to the dichotomous options of top-down vs. bottom-up strategies of environmental management. It further develops the framework by applying it to a new context of land management and environmental change. Using a case study approach, we explore influences from middle actors, utilizing qualitative empirical evidence and incorporating responses across 25 households and 11 key actors in one Central Kalimantan, Indonesia village. We demonstrate middle actors’ unique capabilities and their criticality to affect change due to their influence across various levels of decision-making and commons governance. We posit that existing frameworks may misidentify the ‘bottom’ and ‘middle,’ raising questions about traditional development and livelihood discourse, strategies, and support. Recommendations include that current policy preconceptions be reevaluated to engage middle actors in locally adapted, integrative manners to improve governance and rural development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indonesia; land use; rural development; middle-out perspective; middle actors
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 10:53
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29831

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