In this seminar, we will discuss the latest development of Indonesia’s political economy – including, but not limited to, the 2019 election outcome and Joko Widodo’s second cabinet formation. Philips Vermonte will provide an analysis of the election results and the subsequent political power (re)configuration; and whether this configuration constitutes a real setback in Indonesia’s democratic consolidation. Arief Yusuf will examine whether the recent trend of rising religious intolerance may be already effectively expressed in the last election’s results; and to what extent inequality and other socio-economic factors are correlated with such rising religious intolerance at the individual level. Rizal Shidiq will discuss why the recent institutional setback and dismal education performance would not help Indonesia to escape the middle-income trap, which is the first thing Joko Widodo mentioned in his inauguration speech as his long-term vision for the country.
Philips J. Vermonte is Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta. His research interest includes comparative politics, voting behavior, electoral politics and political parties in Indonesia. He is the principal investigator of public opinion surveys conducted by CSIS.
Arief Anshory Yusuf is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in Padjadjaran University, Indonesia. His research focuses on poverty and inequality as well as the environmental economics. Currently he is visiting Leiden to work on his research (with Rizal Shidiq) on religious intolerance in Indonesia under the SAME Dikti program.
Rizal Shidiq is an Assistant Professor at Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University. He teaches economics and political economy, focusing on modern Southeast Asia. His main research interest is on political connections and firms’ productivity. He is currently working on the topic of business-government relationships in Indonesia.
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This seminar is co-organized with Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University.
Students protesting against the draft of Criminal Code law and newly issued Corruption Eradication Commission law, Jakarta 24 September 2019 – TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis.