Indonesia’s maritime connectivity development: Domestic and international challenges

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This study considers the political aspects of the Joko Widodo government’s megaproject to build an integrated marine logistic system known as the tol laut. Expanding the existing literature which gives details about the contextual obstacles faced by and the prospects for the Indonesian government to pursue its infrastructure ambitions, the study argues that notwithstanding the relevance of the tol laut for advancing the Indonesian economy, it is inevitably entangled with dynamic internal and external environments which can unfavourably distort the construction processes. This is the way of understanding the political economy of Indonesia’s development issues which allows for the juxtaposition of domestic political and international relations factors as its framework of analysis. The discussion is divided into four sections. Section one explains the conceptual and methodological foundation of the study. Section two outlines the importance of the tol laut to Indonesian national economic development. Section three looks at how the current domestic political settings pose structural hurdles to Widodo’s tol laut, and section four observes the effect of international relations of powerful regional actors and Jakarta’s diplomatic capacity to the on-going tol laut. The concluding section summarizes the findings of the study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-233
Number of pages22
JournalAsian Journal of Political Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017


  • Diplomatic Capacity
  • Domestic Politics
  • Indonesia
  • International Situations
  • Maritime Connectivity
  • National Economy
  • Tol laut


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