INDONESIA TODAY: Stable Discontent and the Challenges for Radical Politics.
It is now almost 20 years since the fall of Suharto in the face of a student led peoples power movement. Indonesia has had its first president - Joko Widodo - not directly connected to the Suharto era New Order. Widodo has continued the economic strategy of previous governments, but with less cronyism and an accelerated program of deregulation and attempted infrastructure construction. But still in 2017, there are increasing complaints of a drop in the real incomes of the mass of the people and an increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of tiny elite.
In the last ten years, there has been a growth of trade union activity and of embryonic progressive groups. There are also signs of deepening question of the status quo by youth.
But will the discontent just stabilise where it is now?
Will the progressive groups evolve a larger role?
Indonesian expert Max Lane will discuss these issues.
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