The political economy of Indonesian economic reforms: 1983-2000

Budy P. Resosudarmo, Ari Kuncoro

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This paper investigates the political economy behind the three economic reforms in Indonesia, in 1983-91, 1994-97 and the reform under the IMF umbrella immediately after the 1997-98 economic crisis. The prevailing belief is that the Indonesian political economy scenario during those periods closely matched that of Weberian patrimonialism, in which the patron-client system was managed personally by Soeharto. Our findings indicate that, whereas economic reform was possible within the patron-client system in the initial stages of economic reform, this was not the case in later stages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-355
Number of pages15
JournalOxford Development Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


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