The revenge of Indonesia’s political class

Indonesia’s democratisation process is a case of the half-full glass. Pessimists argue that elections have descended into an ugly spectacle of vote-buying and manipulation that does little to distribute power in a more even fashion. They point to the important role of money in running for elections, ensuring that only well-connected and wealthy candidates can… Read More The revenge of Indonesia’s political class

In 1830 everybody talked about patronage politics

A very cool device for any language-related curiosity you might have is Google’s Ngram viewer. Using Google’s enormous digitized collection of books, this website shows you the relative incidence of words in their corpus over the last 200 years. This is great because the Ngram viewer reminds us how our concerns and preoccupations change over time… Read More In 1830 everybody talked about patronage politics

The Politics of Business in Lampung, Indonesia

Ward Berenschot and Darmawan Purba Sugar Group financed the election of Lampung’s new governor in order to secure the renewal of its land leases.   On 9 April Ridho Ficardo became the new governor of Lampung, Sumatra’s southern-most province. At first glance, the 33 year-old seems an odd choice as he lacks charisma as well… Read More The Politics of Business in Lampung, Indonesia