Wednesday, October 19, 2011

These are recent titles on the Indonesian economy:

The Indonesian Development Experience: A Collection of Writings and Speeches by Wdjojo Nitisastro. This book is a rich selection of speeches and writings of Professor Widjojo Nitisastro of the University of Indonesia, who has radically changed the command economy under Soekarno into development planning using economic analysis under Soeharto. He is one of the most respected and influential economists of the 20th century. He is also the first Indonesian demographer. This background has contributed to his wide focus on development issues such as poverty, food security, education, health, and family planning. This book provides invaluable insight for all who are interested in Indonesia's economic development. It is divided into six parts: Indonesia's Development Plan; Implementation of Indonesian Development; Facing Economic Crises; Foreign Debt Management; Equity and Development; and Indonesia and the World.

The Indonesian Economy: Entering a New Era edited by Aris Ananta, Muljana Soekarni and S. Arifin. Indonesia was relatively unscathed by the global financial crisis; current and future financial policy issues are explored in this book which is a collaboration by ISEAS, the Bank of Indonesia, and 18 economists and social analysts. The 12 papers explore: economic challenges of a New Era; Indonesia's government economic policies since the beginning of the New Order; monetary and fiscal policies including their dynamics, balancing financial stability and economic growth, fiscal policy management, and roles for fiscal stimulus; regional heterogeneity, industrial relations and decentralisation are all explored in relation to the domestic economy; and in the fourth section, new paradigms are sought in relation to the 2015 ASEAN economic integration, governance and economic performance, and Indonesia's place in the World Development Paradigm. With tables, graphics and index.

Employment, Living Standards and Poverty In Contemporary Indonesia by Chris Manning and Sudarno Sumarto.  Understanding the nexus between employment, living standards and poverty is a major challenge in Indonesia. Trends in poverty are heavily dependent on labour market opportunities and social spending in education and health. The question is how to create opportunities and spend money wisely - a subject of intense debate in Indonesia. The government has brought a renewed focus to poverty reduction since the end of the Asian financial crisis, especially under the current president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This book shows how Indonesia is travelling with regard to employment, social policy and poverty. It identifies promising new directions for strategies to alleviate poverty, some of which are already showing results.

Working with Nature against Poverty: Development, Resources and the Environment In Eastern Indonesia edited by Budy Resosudarmo and Frank Jotzo. With its low incomes, lagging social indicators and widespread poverty, eastern Indonesia epitomizes the problems of development in Indonesia. The challenge is to advance the economy. But this means more intensive use of natural resources, placing pressure on the region's unique ecosystems. This book explores the trade-offs and synergies between development, social concerns and the environment in Papua, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara. It is written by leading scholars and experts on the region. They investigate the dilemmas of fishing in eastern Indonesia's seas, the strategies and challenges for mining and forestry, and the efforts to tackle biodiversity conservation and climate change. The book lays out the challenges for development, public administration and public health in Papua. It maps Maluku's road to recovery from conflict. And it examines ways to alleviate poverty in the desperately poor province of East Nusa Tenggara. The book provides an overview of the economy of each of these provinces, making it an essential resource for anyone interested in the challenges of development and environment in eastern Indonesia.

Workers and Intellectuals: NGOs, Trade Unions and the Indonesian Labour Movement by Michele Ford. After decades of repression, Indonesia's independent labour movement re-emerged in the late 1990s led by the NGO activists and students who organised industrial workers and spoke on their behalf. Worker-led trade unions returned to centre stage in 1998 when Suharto's authoritarian regime crumbled and labour NGO activists and their organisations continued to play an influential - and often controversial - part in the reconstruction of the labour movement. This book explores how middle-class activists struggled to define their place in a movement shaped by more than a century of fierce debate about the role of non-worker intellectuals. Drawing on extensive interviews, this book documents the resurgence of labour activism and explains how activists and workers perceived the position of NGOs in relation to workers and trade unions.

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