Is Indonesia’s democracy for sale? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Ward Berenschot about local election campaigns and behind the scenes machinations, and the informal networks based on patronage and identity politics that play a major role in local politics.

It’s time again for Indonesia at Melbourne to take a short break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we reflect on some of our favourite and most popular blog posts and podcasts from 2018. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.

In the first post in our new Policy in Focus series, Dr Ward Berenschot presents research looking at how common clientelism really is in Indonesia. A survey of more than 500 experts found that perceptions of clientelism varied considerably, and the character of local economies played an important role.