Matthew Busch

Matthew Busch is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School, where his research focuses on the Indonesian state and political economy of economic management. Matthew lived in Jakarta from 2009-2014 and worked as a consultant focused on regulatory and political risk. Matthew holds a BA, cum laude, in economics from Harvard College.

President Joko Widodo’s economy-focused cabinet reshuffle on 27 July has been described as evidence of his growing talent for managing political relationships. But as Matthew Busch writes, while the reshuffle might be a political success, it should not be assumed the gloss extends to the economy.

Poor economic policy outcomes in Indonesia are often blamed on “vested interests” – elites who enjoy privileged access to political parties and government officials. But as Matthew Busch argues, this explanation tells only part of the story.