Governing the ungovernable: dealing with the rise of informal security in Indonesia

Local government Indonesia

In a recent survey conducted by the respected Indonesian Journal, Tempo, Indonesian respondents cited uncertainties regarding security in everyday life as their major concern, ahead of worries about terrorism. An important part of this concern is the growing influence of infosecurity groups and various forms of militia operating at the margins of rule of law. While such organisations had been an important part of the former Soeharto regime, one key question is how they have survived and flourished despite the ending of authoritarian rule and the rise of democracy. This policy brief examines the various policy and governance programmes introduced to deal with the issue and assesses their relative effectiveness, and provides recommendations for future policy design.

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