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Directions of Democratic Reforms and Government Effectiveness

November 2nd – 3rd 2015 | Universitas Indonesia | Depok, West Java, Indonesia

Click each topic for more details issue :

1. Political System and Institutions in Indonesia
2. Political Representation in Indonesia
3. Decentralization and Local Politics in Indonesia
4. Public Policy and Political Economy
5. Foreign Policy, Human Security and Security Studies
6. Political Ideas and Ideology

Please mind the dates :

1. Proposal submission deadline is EXTENDED TO:  July 31st, 2015.

2. Accepted proposal announcement date is August 7th, 2015.

3. Full paper submission deadline is September 18th, 2015.

4. Conference date is November 2nd – 3rd, 2015.

Proposal submission should include 500-600 words abstract and a short CV. Applicants whose proposal is accepted, should submit full paper in 5000-10.000 words.

Papers criteria for evaluation:

1. Based on research

2. Never been published anywhere else

3. Original; No elements of plagiarism

4. Offers contribution to knowledge production in Indonesian studies and/or political science

Please send your abstract and CV to bicoipg@ui.ac.id

  1. Andreas Ufen (Germany)
  2. NanKyung Choi (People’s Republic of China) – “Political Decentralization and Local Elites in Indonesia”*
  3. Diego Fossati (USA)
  4. Tomas Petru (Czech)
  5. Adam Tyson (England)
  6. Jae Hyeok Shin (South Korea)

Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia

Building B, 2nd Floor, Kampus FISIP UI Depok.

The organizing committee of the conference are as follows:

Head of OC                           : Meidi Kosandi, Ph.D

Deputy                                   : Jona Widhagdo Putri B.A., M.

Head Secretary                    : Ricky Raymon, M.A

Secretary 1                            : Eisya Asshafina

Secretary 2                            : Amrillah M.

Head of Communication    : Amanda Pristya

Head of Procurement          : Harlitus Berniawan Telaumbanua

Head of Programs                : Arum Diah Purwoningrum

After 1998, Indonesian politics has been continuously changing, in search for the form of democracy that meets its political, social and cultural contexts. Many reforms in electoral system, local autonomy, governance, bureaucracy, to mention a few, had incrementally been done several times since reformasi. In the electoral system, the most recent development include reforms in the electoral threshold, presidential threshold, local direct election, among other changes. In the system of government, the form of Indonesian presidentialism is currently under question, noting that the formation of coalitions affected the power relations between executive and legislative institusions.  It is argued that Indonesian presidentialism is a certain combination of presidential and parliamentarian system due to the involvement of intra-party politics in the government.

In the policy level, many issues of governance provide challenges for the government to deal with. The government, under President Jokowi administration, plans to endorse food security, energy security, maritime infrastructure development, climate change, corruption erradication, bureaucratic reform, educational reform, and industrial development, among others. Jokowi was faced with the challenge to resolve conflict between KPK (Indonesian corruption eradication agency) and Polri (Indonesian National Police) early in his tenure. This challenge alone possibly threatens corruption eradication and law enforcement efforts in the foreseeable future. Infrastructure development has also been difficult in the country, hampered by vested interests of business and political elites. The so-called “mental revolution” that was envisioned to provide the basis for bureaucratic and education reforms is yet to be seen. Manifesting the idea of “mental revolution” into applicable policy(ies) does not seem to be easy to the government. While on the other hand, developing industries in Indonesia with high efficiency and competitiveness is still a great challenge, noting that Indonesia’s competitiveness index tend to be increasing (rank number 34 from 148 countries) but still left behind neighboring countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Jokowi’s maneuver to invite Malaysian Proton to develop Indonesian nasional car industry incites questions to many on the political motives that drives the policy. In general, there are still a lot of policy issues and problems to be studied in governance and political science perspectives.   

In the local level, decentralization of power and taxation produces different outcome from what people expected. Decentralization supposedly improves local democracy, imbalanced development, reduces corruption, and improves local government’s capability in governing and developing its region. However, these objectives have not been met in most of the regions since the implementation of decentralization policy in 1999. In practice, the policy implementation is seen as decentralization of corruption. Regional development has been minimum in the most of the regions. The main factors to this outcome are local politics and its triangulation with vested interests from business and central government’s political elites, not merely poor administration, expertise, planning and control.

As a country with a sizeable population and economy, Indonesia is expected to grow to become among the top 5 economies of the world in 2050. Yet, problems in governing and politics provided fundamental challenges for today’s Indonesian development. An international conference on “Indonesian Politics and Government” would channel increasing interests on Indonesian studies and contribute to the development of knowledge production on the topic. Based on this logic, Department of Political Science, from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, will conduct the international conference in November 2015.

Researchers and political scientist are invited to participate in the conference by submitting proposals by July 31st, 2015; and full article to those whose proposals are accepted by September 18th, 2015.

Prof. Dr. Maswadi Rauf, M.A (Universitas Indonesia)
Prof. Amir Santoso, Ph.D, M.Soc.Sci (Universitas Indonesia)
Prof. Dr. Burhan Djabir Magenda, M.A (Universitas Indonesia)
Dr. Valina Singka Subekti, M.Si (Universitas Indonesia)
Assc. Prof. Edward Aspinall (Australian National University, Australia)
Prof. Eduardo Tadem (Asia Center, University of the Philippines)
Prof. Jun Honna (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
Prof. Thomas B. Pepinsky (Cornell University, USA)
Dr. Michael Buehler (SOAS, the University of London, England)
Prof. Vedi Hadiz (Murdoch University, Australia)
If you have a question, please contact us and we will answer in this section. We hope this section clears your question due to this event. Thank you

Which style of writing should be used for the paper?
I’m not a student or a lecturer, but I work as a practicioner. May I join this event?
Is my paper going to be published in international journal? And what is the benefit of being indexed in international journals?
Is this event free of charge?
Could we use Indonesian language when presenting the paper?
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Tourism Information

Your Hotel, Transportation, and Other Information

After two days of panel discussions on BICOIPG conference, on the next morning, Wednesday, November 4th, we will have some free timeto explore a part of Indonesian beauty. The Conference Excursion is optional for you to attend, and very recommended for those who seeks refreshing activities to vent your exhaustion after two tiring sessions of panel discussions.

We will be visiting Dusun Bambu, a leisure park with a pretty scenery that is integrated with one of Indonesian traditional cultures, the Sundanese culture. Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park is an ecotourism with 6E concepts that represent six aspects of life: Ecology (nature), Education, Economic, Ethnology (culture), Ethics, and Esthetics. By this 6E, Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park becomes a park that located in the mountain feet of West Java, Indonesia, that provides education and recreation facilities.

Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park offers not just beautiful scenery to take a picture of, but also places like Purbasari Restaurant, a restaurant with traditional ‘lesehan’ style in the bamboo gazebo restaurant (Saung) which is a traditional place of Sundanese people of Indonesia, and also Pasar Khatulistiwa, an Indonesian traditional market-like place that provides a healthy, fresh, and unusual products of gifts. In Pasar Khatulistiwa, you will be able to grab some healthy fruits and fresh vegetables, Sundanese snacks, and also, through the mutual partnership with the local community, craft souvenirs of Burangrang Mountain society.

Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park also offers fun activities to experience the intriguing and beautiful ecosystem of the park by canoeing, biking, hiking, archery, a camping spot, and also a chance to visit the park’s paddy field, with the mountain scenery as the background, combined with the modest life of the farmers, and Arimbi, a flower garden in this leisure park.

With such a nice place to see and fun things to do in this leisure park, we’ll guarantee that you’ll soon forget the stress that you’ve acquired from the previous two sessions of panel discussion, and only remember how pretty Indonesian’s culture and scenery is when you’re heading back home.

The fee for this excursion will be Rp 200.000,- which covered the entrance fee, lunch, a batik lesson activity, and a bottle of mineral water.

If you want to do a little shopping here for snacks, extra food or/and beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, make sure to bring your own cash because the transaction used in this place is by cash only. (In Indonesian Rupiah)

After leaving from this place, if we still have some more time, the organizing team would also like to bring the participants to the local cake shops. Remembering that Bandung is known by its famous cake shops and bakeries.

We have indexed 4 nearest hotel from Universitas Indonesia for you to take rest. The choices are based from nearest location to our campuss and their facility for costumers. Please inform us about your accomodation and if you have another choice, please contact ;

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