Historical Institutionalism

The institutional approach offers a comprehensive analytical tool to overview institutional influence to variations in regional economic performance. The literature shows that neoclassical quantitative research is inadequate to explained economic development as it lacks to analyze institutions as the rule of economic agent behaviour and failure to recognize the role of historical embeddedness (North, 1994). The neoclassical economy focus on operation of the market and treat it as a single and independent subject leads to its lack of understanding on how and what really driven the economic development.

Specifically, this research applies historical institutionalism approach, refers to the study of how social and political institution structure interactions influence distinctive national trajectories (Hall and Taylor, 1996). The distinctive trajectories lies in the political theories, which institutions of polity and economic structure conflicts that causes unevenness, and in the structuralism that saw polities and economic as the principal factor of collective action and generating different outcomes. This study employs historical institutionalism to overview ways of variation in preexisting institutions, at local and national levels, that determine the degree of local capacity to establish institutions and policies necessary in economic development. This research studies the two characters of historical institutional approach, which are the critical juncture and feedback effects (Ikenberry, 1994), in understanding the persistent of Indonesian regional economic divergence.

Thesis: Institutional Chapter

This chapter argues that state restructuring in decentralization and AFTA has not impact regional economic growth during the transition period in the last decade. The persistent regional disparities are viewed as the long-term effect from the centralized development from three decade earlier.

Research gaps and questions

To understand the impact of state restructuring to regional economic growth, this chapter provides analysis with institutional approach. The approach has been widely applied to studies in economics, urban planning and governance, and local polities dynamics. However, despite this broad application, institutional analysis has been absence in explaining institutional changes that occurs in state restructuring and its impact to regional development.

The above research gaps leads to the following research questions:

  1. What are the institutional changes that occur in state restructuring of decentralization and trade liberalization?
  2. To what extend does institutional change analysis explains regional economic performance?

Press Release Diskusi Menhan

Berlokasi di Gedung Kedutaan Besar RI (KBRI) London, pada hari sabtu 18 April 2009, Menteri Pertahanan RI, Prof. Juwono Sudarsono menyampaikan diskusi dengan tema “Memperkuat Peran Daya Saing Indonesia 2015”. Pada diskusi ini Menhan didampingi para staf ahli terdiri atas bidang ekonomi dan perbankan, kerjasama potensi pertahanan dan ristek dalam nilai2 pertahanan (defence value) dan staf bidang pertahanan trade dan investasi. Acara diskusi dipadati oleh lebih dari 70 warga dan pelajar Indonesia di Inggris, dan merupakan hasil kerjasama KBRI London dengan perhimpunan pelajar Indonesia di United Kingdom (PPIUK), PPI Manchester, dan PPI London.
Diskusi dimulai ceramah Menhan bahwa Indonesia akan memasuki era “perang otak” Click here for more…

Press Release TIIMI

Pada tanggal 5-6 Desember 2008 telah dilaksanakan Temu Ilmiah Internasional Mahasiswa Indonesia (TIIMI) 2008 yang diselenggarakan setiap tahun oleh Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia di United Kingdom (PPI-UK). Seperti pada tahun-tahun sebelumnya, dalam menyelenggarakan temu ilmiah ini PPI-UK bekerjasama dengan Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia (KBRI) di London dan didukung oleh British Council. Panitia penyelenggara adalah pelajar yang sedang studi di London dan diketuai oleh M.Irfan Arsaat.

Pada tahun ini TIIMI mengangkat tema “Corruption Culture in Indonesia: Future Perspective” dengan dua pembicara utama Bpk. Antasari Azhar, Ketua Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) dan Bapk. Rizal Sukma, Deputy Executive Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Kesimpulan yang dapat diperoleh dari kegiatan TIIMI 2008 adalah bahwa peran generasi muda dalam upaya pemberantasan korupsi, sangat besar dan dapat dilakukan melalui berbagai wadah. Click here for more…

Remote Sensing

I think it would be useful to spread my knowledge in this subject so I wrote down basic methods that are commonly used in Remote Sensing analysis.

Enjoy !!

Single Band
Band 2 (Green) is useful for vegetation discrimination, water quality and chlorophyll concentration. Band 3 (red) is used to analyze the amount of chlorophyll in the vegetation. Since leaf chlorophyll absorbs red band energy, the lower the reflected energy, the greater chlorophyll amount.
Near-infrared band (band 4) picks up the portion of the reflected light spectrum created by the plant’s mesophyll leaf tissue. Consequently vigorously growing healthy vegetation has low red-light reflectance (due to its chlorophyll) and high near-infrared reflectance (due to its total biomass). Band 5 (shortwave infrared) is useful to analyze moisture levels in soil and monitoring plant vigor.

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Diskusi studi di Luar Negeri

Pada tanggal 21 September 2008 diadakan diskusi studi di luar negeri, berlokasi di gedung Prodi T.Perencanaan Wilayah dan Kota, dengan pembicara para alumni. Kegiatan ini diselenggarakan dalam rangka ulang tahun HMP Pangripta Loka ke 49. Berikut beberapa pertanyaan yang diajukan

Bagaimana proses hingga bisa kuliah di luar negeri

Info perkuliahan dari mana saja?
Agen Pendidikan (IDP, NESO, British Council), website universitas, senior/rekan kerja Read more here…

London Great Fire and Town Planning 1666

In the seventeenth century, London was already a big and important trading city. Approximately, there are 400,000 inhabitants in London, including Westminster, Southwark, and other new quarters outside the wall. As a description, in those periods, London was already a wealthy and heterogeneous city.
The fire broke in the evening of September 1st and ceased in September 6th, before it broke again and really stops after a few months.
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