Recent economic and political developments in Indonesia

Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 10 February 2010


Coombs Seminar Room B, HC Coombs Building 9, Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, ANU


Arianto (Aco) Patunru, Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM), University of Indonesia.


Indonesia Project

Recent political developments cast dark shadows on public sector reforms. President Yudhoyono’s passive stance in the face of attacks on the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) and in relation to the Bank Century bailout debacle has played into the hands of opposition parties and anti-reform elites, calling into question the wisdom of his ‘Rainbow Coalition’ cabinet strategy. The long silence of SBY has weakened his approval rating and trust in his current reform agenda. Although the government claims to have successfully completed its ‘100-day action program’, there is little doubt that critical public sector reforms will require more decisive efforts than hitherto. SBY?s moves over the next few weeks will set the path for the upcoming administration: they will foreshadow whether the government is likely to? muddle through? or pursue a meaningful reform agenda.

Dr Patunru is in the process of preparing the Survey of Recent Developments for the April issue of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, jointly with recent ANU PhD graduate Dr Christian von Luebke. He will discuss recent economic developments against the backdrop of moves to weaken the anti-corruption effort and attacks on SBY’s two key reformers: Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Vice President Boediono.

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