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Pemilu Lampung yang berlapis gula

Pemilu Lampung yang berlapis gula

Sugar Group membiayai pemilu gubernur baru Lampung supaya dapat menjaminkan perpanjangan sewa tanah

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Challenging times for big tobacco

Challenging times for big tobacco

Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?

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Business and politics in Indonesia’s expanding palm oil sector

Business and politics in Indonesia’s expanding palm oil sector

Indonesia needs political reform, not just legal prosecution, to eradicate corruption in palm oil plantations

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Balancing business

Balancing business

Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

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The business of politics in Indonesia

The business of politics in Indonesia

Democratic institutions are increasingly burdened by the illicit transactions and collusive practices of politico-business elites

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A development policy agenda for a new administration

A development policy agenda for a new administration

Indonesia's economic and political transformation has been remarkable, now the challenge is to deliver rapid, broad-based improvements in living standards

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Business and politics in Indonesia

Business and politics in Indonesia

   Eve Warburton

The worlds of private business and public office are deeply enmeshed in contemporary Indonesia.

At the national level and down into the districts, democratic institutions are brimming with opportunities to extort money. From elections, to party leadership ballots, to budget processes in the parliament, it can seem like Indonesia’s entire democratic system works on a foundation of business transactions. These same transactions lubricate the world of business, providing companies with access to government contracts, licenses and sometimes even regulatory reprieve. A patronage system of incessant backscratching between state officials and business elites appears to undergird Indonesia’s political economy.

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Review: Money, power and ideology in Indonesia’s political party system

Review: Money, power and ideology in Indonesia’s political party system

Marcus Mietzner argues that when seen in the context of other new democracies, Indonesia’s political parties are not so bad

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Mixed messages

Mixed messages

Election campaigning in highland Papua breaks all the stereotypes

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Creative campaigners

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

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Money politics

Money politics

The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

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Jokowi: Rise of a polite populist

Jokowi: Rise of a polite populist

Jokowi’s path to the presidency might not be as smooth as it once seemed, but he is still the front runner

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Election year

Election year

  Edward Aspinall

Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future

Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

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Review: Jokowi: From Solo to Jakarta and beyond?

Review:  Jokowi: From Solo to Jakarta and beyond?

Bob Lowry reviews the memoir of the current Jakarta governor and likely frontrunner for the 2014 presidential elections

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Running in style

Running in style

A new bug for running points toward a new politics of lifestyle

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Sex, lies and politicians

Sex, lies and politicians

Indonesian politicians quite often star inadvertently in porn films, but it doesn’t seem to hurt them much

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Overprotection is not the answer

Overprotection is not the answer

Food self-sufficiency in Indonesia is a valid problem but so far the government has only provided counterproductive solutions

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Rethinking Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency agenda

Rethinking Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency agenda

The government’s latest approach is not the most effective or efficient way to promote food security

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Indonesia’s new anarchists

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

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Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

An unlikely alliance between former rebels and a former New Order tormentor will test the limits of Partai Aceh loyalty

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