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POLITICS HIGHLIGHTSSEE ALL INDONESIA POSTS
A new survey shows that political parties are divided only by their attitudes on Islam.
Looking at Indonesia's grassroots neighbourhood associations helps us understand the perils of aligning civil society with elite interests.
Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.
SOEs are expected to do ever more for Jokowi's infrastructure push, but politics dictates they forgo revenue to offer subsidised goods. Who ends up with the bill?
Crackdowns on ‘fake news’ producers aren’t enough—Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy.
Jokowi moved quickly to shift a controversial armed forces chief into retirement. The 2019 elections were at the front of his mind.
AHOK’S FALL, A YEAR ON
Framing Jakarta's election as a referendum on Indonesian pluralism is a way to avoid addressing inequalities of political and economic power.
Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.
Exit polls from the Jakarta election are a good starting point for thinking about the nexus between identity politics and inequality in Indonesia.
RELIGION IN INDONESIA
In insisting that “animist” faiths be given a lower status than “religion”, Islamic leaders ignore how the false divide between them was constructed in the first place.
An ethnic Chinese convert to hardline Islam stands out in Indonesia’s crowded Islamic preaching market.
A spike in mosque construction is an oft-cited symbol of Indonesia's "Islamisation". But data suggest it's not actually happening.
Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.