The Role of Policy Research Institutes in Policymaking in Indonesia
As organisations largely independent from government, policy research institutes and think-tanks have an important role to play in bringing new issues and alternative viewpoints to the attention of policymakers and the public. In so doing, they help to improve the quality of policymaking, enrich democratic contestation of ideas and promote government accountability for policy decisions. This chapter examines the emergence, evolution and role of think-tanks in policymaking in the context of Indonesia’s transition to democracy. Drawing on the experiences of 16 Indonesian policy research institutes, this chapter discusses how each of the issues mentioned above shaped the journey of co-existence between policy research institutes and policymaking in Indonesia. It explores how and under what circumstances Indonesian policy research institutes are able to influence policy and being influenced by policy and how they cope with the dynamics of policymaking regimes in Indonesia.
KeywordsEvidence-informed policymaking Knowledge sector Think-tank Policy research institute Policy research organisation Knowledge production Indonesia
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