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Indonesia Today: Discontent & the challenge of radical politics

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INDONESIA TODAY: Stable Discontent and the Challenges for Radical Politics.

It is now almost 20 years since the fall of Suharto in the face of a student led peoples power movement. Indonesia has had its first president - Joko Widodo - not directly connected to the Suharto era New Order. Widodo has continued the economic strategy of previous governments, but with less cronyism and an accelerated program of deregulation and attempted infrastructure construction. But still in 2017, there are increasing complaints of a drop in the real incomes of the mass of the people and an increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of tiny elite.

In the last ten years, there has been a growth of trade union activity and of embryonic progressive groups. There are also signs of deepening question of the status quo by youth.

But will the discontent just stabilise where it is now?
Will the progressive groups evolve a larger role?

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Max Lane is author of:
Unfinished Nation: Indonesia before and After Suharto (Verso 2008)
Catastrophe in Indonesia (Seagull, 2010)
Decentralisation and Its Discontents: An Essay on Class, Political Agency and National Perspective in Indonesian Politics (ISEAS, 2014)
Indonesia and Not: Poems and Otherwise: Anecdotes Scattered (Djaman Baroe, 2016)
He is translator of:
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, This Earth of Mankind, Penguin Books; and its three sequel novels.
Pramoedya Ananta Toer, The Chinese in Indonesia, Select Books, 2099
W.S. Rendra, The Struggle of the Naga Tribe, University of Queensland Press, 1978 and reprinted in the The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays, 2016.

He was founding editor of INSIDE INNDONESIA magazine in the 1980s and National Coordinator of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) in the 1990s.

He is now a Visiting Lecturer at Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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