Street vendors have organised successfully at the local level, but effective national organisation has proved more elusive
KK Dheeraj’s unauthorised biopic is full of tears and belaboured symbolism
A Central Java village has been revitalised by sustainable, socially responsible design
A link to Australia’s support of the Indonesian revolution
Can the descendants of both sides of 1965 come together to help the nation achieve reconciliation?
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.