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The economy, inequality and populism

  • Umar Juoro
    Umar Juoro

    Senior fellow at the Center for Information and Development Studies and the Habibie Center

Jakarta | Mon, June 19, 2017 | 10:57 am
The economy, inequality and populism One aspect that has contributed to the rise of populism is high inequality. In Indonesia, populism is largely associated with Islam. Large demonstrations in November and December last year against former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama due to blasphemy charges shows the growing populism related to Islam in the political arena. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

PREMIUM Inequality in Indonesia is considered high with a Gini ratio at around 0.39. Inequality on the Gini scale is measured between 0, representing perfect equality, and 1, representing perfect inequality. Inequality is getting higher at a time of high commodity prices as high income groups get more benefits from the commodities boom. Meanwhile, people in the bottom quantile get a low share of the ec...

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