Indonesian Studies Seminar | The Re-Emergence of Political Labour in Indonesia
18 April, 2013
5.30 - 7.00pm
Michele Ford and Teri Caraway (this seminar presented by Michele Ford)
The parties vying for power within Indonesia’s political system have made little attempt to define themselves by a commitment to particular policies, and have faced little pressure from outside to do so. Indeed, the labour movement, though fragmented, is perhaps the only secular, non-elite group with the organizational capacity to aggregate interests outside the party system and push parties to compete on the basis of programmatic appeals. Labour unions’ efforts to engage in electoral politics are thus tremendously significant for Indonesia’s status as an emerging democracy, and an analysis of them for the theorization of this particular democratic transition. Using examples from Batam, Bekasi and Tangerang, this paper gives an insight into trade unions’ recent political engagement and an assessment of its significance for Indonesian politics.
Michele Ford is Associate Professor in the Department of Indonesian Studies and Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. Michele’s research focuses on the Indonesian labour movement and on trade union aid. Teri Caraway is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Minnesota. Teri’s research focuses on the Indonesian labour movement and comparative labour politics.
Location: Latin I Room S224, Quadrangle Building