Entries by Fakhridho Susilo, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/fakhridho-susilo/, Jaysa Rafi Prana, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/jaysa-rafi-prana/

No such thing as a free lunch: counting the cost of Prabowo’s ‘free food’ program

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Unofficial counts from Indonesia’s presidential election on 14 February suggest a comfortable victory for Prabowo Subianto. He brought a populist policy agenda to the table that appealed to Indonesia’s poor voters. Free food or makan gratis became a flagship program that Prabowo repeatedly promoted throughout the campaign. But just how feasible is this program?

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