The Yudhoyono legacy on jobs, poverty and income distribution: a mixed record

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Book Chapter

  • Published: May 2015
  • Authors: Riyana Miranti and Chris Manning
  • Book Editor: Edward Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner, Dirk Tomsa,
  • Book Title: The Yudhoyono Presidency: Indonesia's Decade of Stability and Stagnation
  • Book ISBN: 978-981-4620-71-0
  • Page Numbers: 303-324
  • Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Total Number Of Chapters: 17
  • Research Area: Poverty and Inequality and Indonesia
  • Keywords: Income Distribution, Indonesia and poverty


The presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2004-14) was a watershed in Indonesia's modern democratic history. Yudhoyono was not only the first Indonesian president to be directly elected, but also the first to be democratically re-elected. Coming to office after years of turbulent transition, he presided over a decade of remarkable political stability and steady economic growth. But other aspects of his rule have been the subject of controversy. While supporters view his presidency as a period of democratic consolidation and success, critics view it as a decade of stagnation and missed opportunities. This book is the first comprehensive attempt to evaluate both the achievements and the shortcomings of the Yudhoyono presidency. With contributions from leading experts on Indonesia's politics, economy and society, it assesses the Yudhoyono record in fields ranging from economic development and human rights, to foreign policy, the environment and the security sector.

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