How have Two Years of Pandemic Affected Indonesian Political Life? by Max Lane

From ISEAS Perspective, No 7, 2022. “A more fundamental reason why the pandemic has not significantly altered Indonesian political life is that Indonesia’s underlying political structure reinforces policy homogeneity within the broad ruling elite. The primary focus of contestations remains the maneuvering and positioning in relation to the 2024 elections, both presidential and parliamentary..” Read […]

Articles by Max Lane on the Institute for Southeast Asia’s Websites – 2021 (until September)

Articles by Max Lane on the Institute for Southeast Asia’s Websites – 2021 (until September) WIDODO’S EMPLOYMENT CREATION LAW, 2020: WHAT ITS JOURNEY TELLS US ABOUT INDONESIAN POLITICS in Trends – click immediately below. EMERGING POLITICAL PARTIES IN INDONESIA: RAISING THE WATER LEVEL OF POLICY DEBATE? POLITICIANS’ BILLBOARD WAR UNDERSCORES ABSENCE OF POLICY CONTESTATION THE […]

THE WIDODO GOVERNMENT IN 2020: THE TADPOLE FLAILS by Max Lane

“As Covid year 2020 ends, so too does the first year of the second and final term of the presidency of Joko Widodo. One year in, all the sheen of being the “hope” for Indonesia has vanished. No longer viral are the iconic silhouettes of Jokowi’s head, copying the famed style of the silhouette of […]

Indonesian Politics After the Widodo-Prabowo Rapprochement by Max Lane

Indonesian Politics After the Widodo-Prabowo Rapprochement by Max Lane “With the end of this rhetorical contestation and sense of polarisation, the ‘penny has dropped’ that there is no counter-force to Widodo’s government or its policies. Widodo has, and has always had, a relatively free hand to drive his trategic socioeconomic agenda — one that is […]