After the Asian crisis and the unfavourable IMF loans to Asia, neoliberalism has faced mounting opposition in Indonesia, for it is considered a political agenda and ideology from outside. Simultaneously, the newly democratic gov-ernment under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is labelled a neoliberal government for the neoliberal technocrats he has appointed and some neolib-eral policies he has made. In contrast, it could also be argued that the legacy of Soeharto‘s authoritarian regime has confined the exogenous pressure of neo-liberal reform. This research will depict and challenge those particular readings of neolib-eralism. In particular, the paper examines the change and continuity of neolib-eral trajectory amidst the regime change; by examining the power structure of the actors, their policies, and historical events in Indonesia’s political economy. Tracing back the neoliberalization from the beginning of Soeharto’s authoritar-ian regime to Yudhoyono’s democratic regime, this research finds that the neo-liberal trajectory in Indonesia is the dialectical process between change and continuity.

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Keywords Authoritarian, Democracy, Neoliberalism, Neoliberal, post-Washington Consensus, Washington Consensus, Indonesia, Soeharto, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Berkeley Mafia
Thesis Advisor Knio, Karim
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Series International Political Economy and Development (IPED)
Rika. (2010, December 17). Change or Continuity? Rethinking Neoliberal Trajectory amidst Regime Change in Indonesia. International Political Economy and Development (IPED). Retrieved from