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Jokowi’s cabinet reshuffle : juggling performance, patronage and politics
President Joko Widodo is set to reshuffle his cabinet. While performance is one determining factor, it is likely to be overshadowed by patronage and political calculations.
Indonesia's national elections : Islamic parties at the crossroads
Indonesian Islamic parties have been adopting an inclusive and pragmatic strategy for garnering votes. The formal establishment of Shariah law is no longer a primary objective in their agenda. Nevertheless, these parties ...
Indonesia’s subsidies for cash : economics over politics?
For the third time since 2005, the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) managed to vote in favour of cutting fuel price subsidies in response to rising crude oil prices worldwide. The expediency of rebalancing the ...
Indonesia’s democratic evolution : political engineering post-reformasi
Indonesia’s General Elections Commission recently passed a law specifying electoral ground rules. How has recent legislation changed the electoral landscape? This is the second article in the Indonesia Programme’s series ...
North Korea : is it really a serious threat?
Terrorist cells still exist in Indonesia despite the Indonesian security authorities having achieved success in their counter-terrorism operations. Counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation efforts need to be adapted ...
Popular mandate and the coming-of-age of social media's presence in Indonesia politics post-reformasi
The itinerant rise of the professionalised class of political pollsters, consultancies and statistic-analytical institutes in the Indonesian electoral scene has, in recent months, been accompanied by an analogous rise of ...
Counter-terrorism in Indonesia : the end of special detachment 88?
There is an ongoing debate between the Indonesian government and the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) whether to discharge the increasingly controversial anti-terrorism Special Detachment 88 unit. This is in light of several ...
Indonesia's presidential campaign : the economic agenda
Notwithstanding the importance of popularity, voters in the current presidential election expect candidates to state their economic vision for public review. What economic policies could we expect following the 2014 ...
The economics of Indonesia's election campaigns
Political parties have submitted for official vetting their preliminary campaign budgets for the legislative elections that will be held on 9 April 2014. There are lessons to be learned from the 2009 elections. This ...
Simultaneous election in 2019 : strong parliament, weak presidency?
The Indonesian Constitutional Court recently passed a ruling allowing for legislative and presidential elections to be held simultaneously within a single day, effective only in 2019. Separate elections remain constitutional ...