Andi Rahmat is a PhD researcher at Public Administration and Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research. He holds a bachelor and master degree in Public Administration from Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia. Interested in a 'democratic transition' that took place in 1998 as it paved a way of promoting citizenship rights and strengthening local governments in Indonesia, his research focuses on local governments and rights of adat (indigenous) communities, particularly in understanding why/how rights of adat communities do, or do not, get recognized by local governments and how processes of decentralization and democratization are enabling or constraining this formal recognition of customary rights. Doing such investigation, he plans to use informalized state institutions and accountability politics as key concepts to analyse interactions between local governments and adat communities in Sulawesi.
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