Talking Indonesia: political dynasties

What role do political dynasties play in Indonesian politics, including the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election? What motivates political families to attempt to establish themselves as dynasties, and how do they do so? Are steps needed to curb the entrenchment of dynasties in the Indonesian political system?


In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, the first for 2017, I explore these issues with Dr Jemma Purdey, research fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, and in the Australia Indonesia Centre. Dr Purdey is the editor of a special edition of the Southeast Asia Research Journal on political families in Southeast Asia.


Dr Purdey will also be joining a new lineup of co-hosts for the Talking Indonesia podcast in 2017, along with Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.


Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.


Photo by Widodo S. Jusuf for Antara.


Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.