Timor-Leste: The Adventurous Tribulations of Local Governance after Independence

  title={Timor-Leste: The Adventurous Tribulations of Local Governance after Independence},
  author={Rui Graça Feij{\'o}},
  journal={Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs},
  pages={114 - 85}
  • R. Feijó
  • Published 1 April 2015
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
Xanana Gusmão recently mentioned that a “Second Maubere Miracle” is underway, implying that a major political reform will soon shake the roots of Timor-Leste's public administration. Decentralization, defined in a very broad sense, has been a constitutional mandate since independence, but successive governments have failed to engage this reform despite paying lip service to its necessity. This essay reviews the options before the policy makers – both in theoretical terms (distinguishing between… 
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