«Public Administration Issues» Journal,

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Research and educational journal
Published quarterly since 2007
ISSN 1999-5431
E-ISSN 2409-5095

Oscar Radyan Danar1, Bevaola Kusumasari2, M.R. Khairul Muluk3
  • 1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administrative Science, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, Jl. MT. Haryono No.163, Ketawanggede, Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65145, Indonesia.
  • 2 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Management, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia , Jalan Socio Yusticia No. 1, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia.
  • 3 Doctoral in Public Administration, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administrative Science, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia, 163 MT.Haryono Street, 65145 Malang City, East Java, Indonesia.


2020. No. 6. P. 33–50 [issue contents]
Administrative reform has been recognized as one of the most prominent activities of governments intending to keep up with the recent trends of dynamic societies around the world. In  recent years, the discussion in  the reform literature has attracted significant attention from public administration scholars. It includes various methods and discusses a  series of  experiences of  the reform movement around the world within multiple political landscapes, economic settings, and international turbulences. This paper presents the experience of administrative reform in Indonesia as one of the developing countries in Southeast Asia with a complex history of a colonial legacy. This study analyzes the prominent works of literature discussing the reform experience in Indonesia combined with theoretical perspectives of administrative reform. It highlights three major findings; first, the phenomenon of administrative reform in Indonesia was moving against the reform trend of most other developing countries; second, institutional arrangements play a critical role in repairing the reform trajectory; and third, the current progress of administrative reform in Indonesia still indicates the minimum achievement in some institutions. The discussion of this study, bordered by the settled time frame of reform implementation in Indonesia, is comprised of past and current experiences as well as the future projection of Indonesia administrative reform.

Citation: Oscar Radyan Danar, Bevaola Kusumasari & M.R. Khairul Muluk (2020). From Phenomena to Implementation: Lessons and Challenges of Administrative Reforms in Indonesia. Public Administration Issues, No 6 (Special Issue II) pp. 33–50 (in English).

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