|Profile of yourself
||Before winning the AusAid scholarship to pursue PhD degree, Eva has worked since 2003 as a junior lecturer in the Department of Political Science (undergraduate & postgraduate program), University of Indonesia, specialising in Comparative Politics, Democratisation and Western-Eastern European Politics. Apart from her regular lecturing duty, she was also responsible to foresee the department’s curriculum evaluation and institutional relations. Prior to her professional career, she held a BA (honours) in Political Science from University of Indonesia in 2000 and a MA (honours) in Political Science from Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands in 2003 (sponsored by Leiden University). Her research interests mainly range in area studies (Southeast Asia, Eastern & Western Europe), democratisation, decentralisation, good governance, political economy.
|Information about your thesis
||This thesis focus on the changing power constellation as decentralisation of power and dispersing authority to lower level governments taken place in post-authoritarian countries. It examines the tendency of reconfiguration, and possible increase, of rent seeking activities between business – political actors relationship at the local level as they try to accommodate the unpredictable political changes and instability during transitional and decentralisation process. The choice of countries in comparison – Indonesia and Russia, mainly based on similar backgrounds as post-authoritarian countries departing in democratisation and decentralisation as well as having business potentials mix of strategic location and natural resources.