Volunteer Bureaucrats: Neighborhood and Grassroots Organizations as Agents of Local Governance in Asia

Date: 

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

photosKick-off Seminar of the Ash Center Student Speaker Series

Seth Soderborg, Ph.D. Student, Department of Government and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Seth Soderborg, a Ph.D. Student from the Department of Government, and Chen Jiaxi, Director of the Center for Chinese Local Government Innovations at Shenzhen University and a Rajawali fellow at the Ash Center, will be our speakers. Soderborg will present preliminary work on the changing role of neighborhood association leaders in Indonesian communities. Over the summer, he interviewed neighborhood association leaders in Jakarta, Banda Aceh, and Medan, to understand their unique role in local administration, public goods provision, and policing. This presentation will address preliminary conclusions on why these associations have persisted since the Japanese occupation and briefly address how changing residential patterns may ultimately do away with the institution. Jiaxi Chen will offer comments in response and share some of his own research, a comparative study that focuses on local government innovations in the U.S. and China. The seminar will include ample time for open discussion.

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center conference room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.