Degree of State Intervention in the Convergence of Oligarchic Spatial Activities and Neoliberalism Agenda in the Indonesia-China High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project

Mr Deda Rizky Rainditya1, Miss Sandry Saraswati

1Universitas Airlangga (airlangga University), Surabaya, Indonesia

This research discusses the convergence of interests between the neoliberalism agenda and oligarchic relations in the investment of Indonesia and China high-speed trains in the Jakarta-Bandung lanes. The oligarchy relationship considered as a coalition of predatory power for the neoliberal agenda. Suharto’s oligarchic relations are still competitors in the process of capitalism in Indonesia although the authoritarian regime has collapsed. Related to this research, it provides a clear path to the meeting of the interests between oligarchic relations with the neoliberal agenda to increase the linkage of interests based on the development of new economic spaces in Indonesia and China’s high-speed train. This study uses Harvey’s arguments (2003) about neoliberalism such as Overaccumulation, Space Economy, and Accumulation by Dispossession for looking at neoliberalism activities with oligarchic relations. Challenges in this research are finding the degree of state intervention in the convergence between oligarchic relations and neoliberalism agendas in the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project. This research argues a different argument towards Robison and Hadiz (2004) and Kusman (2019) in the context of the relationship between oligarchic relations and the agenda of neoliberalism.


Deda R. Rainditya is an undergraduate student of Political Science in Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia. He is a research and lecturer assistant in the Department of Political Science, Airlangga University, and often conducts several research in the East Java. He concerns in the field of Indonesia’s Political Economy and neoliberal studies. He also conducts several researches related to election violation with Independent Electoral Monitoring Committee (KIPP) in the East Java.

This paper also contributed by Sandry Saraswati as a co-writer. She is an undergraduate student in Airlangga University and interested in the area of Indonesia’s local politics and militia groups.


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