May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

Politics

The case of Gregorius Rato

The criminalisation of a whistleblower shows how corruption can entangle even participatory development programs

My eyes may be blue, but I am Indonesian

The different and difficult experiences of Eurasian Indonesians

Film review: From horror and porn stars…to Jokowi

KK Dheeraj’s unauthorised biopic is full of tears and belaboured symbolism

Design and architecture in Indonesia

  Alexandra Crosby The role of design in social change has received increasing public attention in the last decade. User-centred, iterative, participatory flexible approaches to the design of objects, spaces, communications, services and experiences are valued by policy makers and firms all over the world to address issues of social justice, sustainability and urban development. Simultaneously the territory within which design operates has been changing. Design is sometimes used synonymously with consumerism, urban tastes, and globalisation, such as ‘designer handbags’, but what design is and what it does is much more complex, and many of these new definitions of design are emerging in Indonesia.

Amri Yahya and the Sydney University Labor Club

A link to Australia’s support of the Indonesian revolution

Review: Coming to terms with 1965

Can the descendants of both sides of 1965 come together to help the nation achieve reconciliation?

Famine and fraud

A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

Pemilu Lampung yang berlapis gula

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

Lampung’s sugar-coated elections

Sugar Group financed the election of Lampung’s new governor to secure the renewal of its land leases

Challenging times for big tobacco

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

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

Balancing business

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

The business of politics in Indonesia

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

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

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.

Jokowi for President? No!

Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president

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

Mining paradise

Local communities resist mining development on Sulawesi’s Bangka Island

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