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The Evolution of Cash Transfers in Indonesia: Policy Transfer and National Adaptation

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 425-440, May 2015

Crawford School Research Paper, The Australian National University (2015)

16 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2016  

Huck-ju Kwon

Seoul National University

Woo-rim Kim

Seoul National University

Date Written: May 8, 2015

Abstract

Cash transfers became a subject of international policy transfer, but the underlying policy process is far more complex than simple policy diffusion. In order to understand the development of cash transfers in Indonesia, it is necessary to examine the long-term policy evolution in the context of national politics. This paper analyses the policy evolution of cash transfers in Indonesia, focusing on the policy decision process at the national level since the Asian economic crisis. It tracks three critical conjunctures of social protection for the poor in which Indonesia tried to adapt cash transfer schemes and institutional frameworks, and eventually consolidated the social protection system. Cash transfers have been adapted in Indonesia in keeping with the strong political motivations of top policymakers for popular support in the context of democratisation, but policy transfers of cash transfers provided an important impetus for the development of social protection system in Indonesia.

Keywords: cash transfers, social assistance, policy evolution, adaptation, indonesia

Suggested Citation

Kwon, Huck-ju and Kim, Woo-rim, The Evolution of Cash Transfers in Indonesia: Policy Transfer and National Adaptation (May 8, 2015). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 425-440, May 2015; Crawford School Research Paper, The Australian National University (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781815

Huck-ju Kwon (Contact Author)

Seoul National University ( email )

Kwanak-gu
Seoul, 151-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Woo-rim Kim

Seoul National University ( email )

Kwanak-gu
Seoul, 151-742
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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