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Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.
The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.
Voting out the landlords in Flores
about 12 hours ago
Economic change is eroding the political power of traditional custodians of land in this part of Eastern Indonesia.
NU after the elections: more nationalism, less democracy?
about 1 day ago
Jokowi owes his victory to NU support, and NU expects both material and ideological dividends.
Follow the leader: personalities, policy and partisanship in Indonesia
about 2 days ago
New survey data show how strongly partisanship effects Indonesians’ policy preferences.
Millenia of maritime mastery: Philip Bowring’s ‘Empire of the Winds’
about 2 weeks ago
Though Austronesians operated in networks of oceanic trading that stretched from Asia to the Mediterranean for thousands of years, both the term and cultural grouping are little known.
Q&A: Thomas Lembong on Indonesia’s economy
about 2 weeks ago
The reformist chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) spoke to ANU's Hall Hill for New Mandala.
BY THE NUMBERS
There’s little reason not to expect a comfortable win for Jokowi, but difficulties in predicting legislative election results remain.
The numbers on how Indonesia stacks up in comparison to other Muslim-majority countries.
A look at the religious rhetoric contained in parliamentary candidates’ campaign platforms.
RELIGION IN THE 2019 ELECTIONS
Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.
Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.
Islamic boarding schools are ground zero for Jokowi’s efforts to win over the Muslim grassroots. Ideology and patronage are both playing a part.
Reflections on socio-religious developments and the political role of Indonesia’s Islamic preachers appealing to the middle class.
Disputes that mark this pragmatic alliance should worry Islamists that Prabowo may disregard their demands.
Progressives may hope that Ma’ruf’s conservatism will be checked by realpolitik.
Road building is good for the economy overall but does little to solve the congestion that plagues Indonesia’s major provinces.
Out in the east, there is a feeling that Sulawesi has received disproportionate attention from Jokowi.
Jokowi's statist developmentalism isn't perfect, but it's a realistic response to the political economy barriers that have held up private investment in infrastructure.
Jokowi’s overreliance on state-owned enterprises has undesirable side-effects. But the private sector has its own problems.
Politicians need to make some hard decisions to make the system financially sustainable.
DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSUREVIEW THE INDONESIA ARCHIVES
Once hailed as the saviour of the democratic status quo, Indonesia’s president is now busily degrading democratic norms.
Two decades after Suharto’s fall, it’s hard to see a return to dictatorship—or to declare the democratic status quo safe.
Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.
Looking at Indonesia's grassroots neighbourhood associations helps us understand the perils of aligning civil society with elite interests.
Indonesia's parliament has approved Jokowi's decree on mass organisations. Here's why the law threatens the freedoms of all Indonesians.
Crackdowns on ‘fake news’ producers aren’t enough—Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy.