Indonesia in the New World: Globalisation, Nationalism and Sovereignty

Indonesia in the New World: Globalisation, Nationalism and Sovereignty
Date of publication:  2018
Publisher:  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages:  336
Code:  BM560
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814818223
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Anne Booth, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 2019.

"This volume, which originates from the Indonesia Update conference held at the Australian National University in September 2017, covers a range of topics related to globalisation and its impact on modern Indonesia. The authors comprise a very well-informed and experienced group of scholars drawn mainly from Indonesia and Australia; two of the editors are former Indonesian cabinet ministers. The chapters by Aspinall, Muhibat, and Warburton all address aspects of nationalism in Indonesia, with an emphasis on the post-Suharto era. Neilson examines the complex question of food sovereignty. Three chapters examine the impact of, and response to, globalisation, looking at poverty and inequality (Yusof and Warr), gender and labour markets (Kis-Katos, Pieters, and Sparrow), and the private sector (Habir). A further three chapters look at the 'human face' of globalisation, with a particular emphasis on the growing importance of migrant labour and human trafficking. Two final chapters, both written by economists, look at how Indonesia can navigate through the global economy in coming years, and what lessons can be learned from past mistakes." 

R. William Liddle, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2018.

"This book is the latest in the superb Indonesia Update Series, published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, which collects essays presented at annual conferences held in Canberra by the Australian National University (ANU). This iteration presents uniformly high-quality, sometimes groundbreaking, scholarship on recent developments related to a longstanding issue in Indonesian public policy: how to maximize the benefits while minimizing the costs for the nation of interaction with the rest of the world. 

Most of the articles are by economists, including senior Australian scholars such as Hal Hill, Chris Manning, and Peter Warr. They write with Indonesian collaborators: current ANU PhD candidate Deasy Pane in the case of Hill; Jakarta-based data analyst T. Yudo Wicaksono with Manning; and Padjajaran University Professor of Economics Arief Anshory Yusuf with Warr. 

The editors are also prominent Indonesian economists with Australian connections. Arianto A. Patunru is currently a fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the ANU. Mari Pangestu is Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia. She holds a master's degree from the ANU and a PhD from the University of California at Davis. M. Chatib Basri, Senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Indonesia, holds both master's and doctoral degrees from the ANU. Basri's and Pangestu's analyses in the volume are also enriched by their experience in government, Basri as chair of the investment coordinating board (2012-13) and Minister of Finance (2013-14), Pangestu as Minister of Trade (2004 -11), cooperatives and small and medium enterprises, ad interim (2008 - 09), and tourism and creative economy (2011-14). "

About the publication

Globalisation is more complex than ever. The effects of the global financial crisis and increased inequality have spurred anti-globalisation sentiment in many countries and encouraged the adoption of populist and inward-looking policies. This has led to some surprising results: Duterte, Brexit and Trump, to name a few. In Indonesia, the disappointment with globalisation has led to rising protectionism, a rejection of foreign interference in the name of nationalism, and economic policies dominated by calls for self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, human trafficking and the abuse of migrant workers show the dark side of globalisation.

In this volume, leading experts explore key issues around globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty in Indonesia. Topics include the history of Indonesia’s engagement with the world, Indonesia’s stance on the South China Sea and the re-emergence of nationalism. The book also examines the impact of globalisation on poverty and inequality, labour markets and people, especially women.


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