Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?
Indonesia needs political reform, not just legal prosecution, to eradicate corruption in palm oil plantations
Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business
Democratic institutions are increasingly burdened by the illicit transactions and collusive practices of politico-business elites
Indonesia's economic and political transformation has been remarkable, now the challenge is to deliver rapid, broad-based improvements in living standards
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.
Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president
In Jakarta, 7-Eleven found a loophole that allowed it to break into small-format retailing, transforming itself and contributing to a revolution in Indonesian retail in the process
While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support
The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia
Jokowi’s path to the presidency might not be as smooth as it once seemed, but he is still the front runner
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.
A marriage of convenience lies behind a campaign to defend Kopassus soldiers on trial for murder in Yogyakarta
Cosmopolitanism is a magnificent ideal for a world torn by divisions and it exists in Indonesia in some surprising places. But how deep does and can it go?
Gerry van Klinken
Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath
What happens after three police officers are found guilty of manslaughter and torture?
Food self-sufficiency in Indonesia is a valid problem but so far the government has only provided counterproductive solutions
Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia
Food security is an urgent policy problem in Indonesia but opinions are divided about how best to feed the poorest and most vulnerable
Thushara Dibley and Eve Warburton
Indonesia is a country with a rapidly expanding middle class and a growing economy. Its neighbours are taking more notice, and Indonesia now plays a pivotal role in regional politics. Yet for many Indonesians, the daily task of feeding their families can be a real challenge. Even with government subsidies, Indonesia has the most expensive rice in the region. The government's commitment to reducing heavy fuel subsidies is expected to impact the price and accessibility of rice and other basic foodstuffs. Poor families are the most vulnerable in this situation.