The family state: a non-realist approach to understanding Indonesia’s foreign policy

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The existing literature on Indonesia’s foreign policy has excluded the state from the category of an agent which shapes the country’s external affairs. This trend certainly ignores the notion that foreign policy is a unique state activity taking place in the interface between domestic and international politics. To fill the gap, this article explores the idea about the family state and looks at its influence on the conduct of Indonesia’s international relations. The argument is that the family state pursues order in international society in which sovereignty can be maintained. Indonesia plays the role of an order-maker in Southeast Asia through the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The order-oriented actions are displayed by Jakarta’s diplomacy to resolve border disputes with neighbouring countries in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-328
Number of pages21
JournalAsian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2019


  • Family State
  • Foreign Policy
  • Indonesia
  • Non-realist Approach
  • Order-maker
  • Sovereignty


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