DECENTRALIZATION AND PUBLIC EMPOWERMENT IN INDONESIA: A PRELIMINARY EVIDENCE FROM GORONTALO
Keywords:Decentralization, Gorontalo, Development, Public Policy, Public Empowerment
This article elaborates on and examines how decentralization triggers Indonesia's development and public policy. Gorontalo has functioned as a decentralized region located in the northernmost part of the island of Sulawesi. The region exhibits an emerging economy and harbors an array of small enterprises, a phenomenon that is not unexpected given its populace exceeding one million. Establishing a decentralized system in the region has facilitated the development of a more self-governing and self-reliant administration, which has demonstrated an enhanced ability to devise policies, cater to the needs of its populace, and elevate the caliber of its service provision. The objective of this scholarly article is to examine the effects of decentralization on the economic development of the region, as well as to explore the potential for investment opportunities that are oriented towards public participation and empowerment. This article specifically examines the policies that regulate the developmental matters on public empowerment in the province of Gorontalo. The research findings demonstrate that implementing decentralization policies has provided significant opportunities for enhancing public empowerment and fostering a more robust local economy in Gorontalo.
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