Transnational Linkages, Political Settlements, and the Migration-Development Nexus: The Case of the Indonesian Diaspora Network

Prof. Andrew Rosser1

1University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

This paper brings transnationalism into dialogue with political settlements analysis (PSA), a framework for studying the political economy of development that has become increasingly prominent in recent years. PSA has so far been used mainly to analyse national-level economic and social development processes. Extended to transnational terrain, I argue, it offers a way of understanding the relationship between transnational linkages, political dynamics and development that moves beyond and improves upon the states/international organisations/corporations versus the grassroots/migrants binary characteristic of transnational analysis. It does so by offering a more disaggregated account of the actors, interests and agendas at play in processes of conflict and contestation vis-à-vis transnational linkages, being alert to the possibility that these will be simultaneously national and transnational in character, and being sensitive to context. To support this analysis, the paper examines the political dynamics surrounding the formation and evolution of one particular linkage: the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN), an organisation that seeks to promote the involvement of the Indonesian diaspora in that country’s development and represent this diaspora with regards to a range of policy matters in Indonesia.


Andrew Rosser is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. His research examines issues to do with the political economy of development focusing on Indonesia including human (especially social) rights, the resource curse, state-building, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, democratisation, and aid effectiveness.


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