Entries by Robertus Robet, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/robet/

Civil society after #ReformasiDikorupsi

Dr Robertus Robet writes that while the #ReformasiDikorupsi protests of 2019 are often considered to have failed, the movement has much greater significance for the future of civil society.

Is democracy a help or a hindrance in fighting pandemics?

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Scholars have said China had an "authoritarian advantage" in responding to SARS in 2002-2003. But Robertus Robet writes that in the case of Covid-19, there appears to be no such advantage.

The danger of rejecting democracy for the sake of economic growth

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As observers warn of Indonesia’s democratic retreat, Dr Robertus Robet questions the growing belief that authoritarianism is a shortcut to development

It’s time to stop waiting for a 'good person' to save Indonesian democracy

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Dr Robertus Robet writes that a focus on personalities in Indonesian politics has led to institutional issues and historical economical and political power structures being ignored.

Do Indonesians still care about human rights?

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Going by the first presidential debate on 20 January, neither candidate feels that the electorate cares much about human rights. Dr Robertus Robet and Dr Alfindra Primaldhi present survey results suggesting that Indonesians do believe human rights are important – but acceptance of rights has its limits.

Beyond the bounds of democracy: DPR consolidates its power

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While most of Indonesian civil society was preoccupied with proposed changes to the Criminal Code, the House of Representatives (DPR) last week passed a revised version of the 2014 Law on Legislative Bodies. Dr Robertus Robet looks at the controversial changes, which he says will result in a DPR that is resistant to criticism and immune from prosecution.

Ahok's rise fuels racism in Indonesia

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Anti-Chinese sentiment has deep roots in Indonesian society but there is a widespread perception that it has become worse over recent years, along with the rise of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok. Dr Robertus Robet writes that as Ahok's opponents have struggled to formulate effective criticism against him, they have resorted to unsophisticated appeals to primordial concerns.

Jokowi's risky anti-foreign rhetoric

During his first year in power, President Joko Widodo and several of his officials have invoked the spectre of foreigners seeking to interfere in Indonesian affairs. As Dr Robertus Robet writes, history shows that this is a strategy that bears considerable risks.

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