Category: Indonesia

Economic Growth Under Authoritarianism and Democracy: The Indonesian Case

Indonesia is one of most striking cases of economic transformation in modern history. At independence, Indonesia was a low-income country subject to centuries of exploitation and resource extraction under Dutch colonial rule. By the 1990s it was one of the Newly Industrialized Economies of East and Southeast Asia. Today, it is a middle-income country, classified […]

Four Reviews of Ben Bland’s “Man of Contradictions”

Ben Bland‘s new biography of Indonesian president Joko Widodo has attracted a wide range of interest from scholars of Indonesian politics and society. Titled Man of Contradictions, the book is the first English-language biography of Indonesia’s seventh president. A number of reviews have recently been published by Indonesians and Indonesianists, including one by me. Here […]